'The Office': Ray Romano not replacing Steve Carell


Ray Romano wants to make it perfectly clear: He is not replacing Steve Carell on "The Office."The star of the NBC workplace sitcom exits the show in a "super-sized" episode Thursday (April 28), and Romano will turn up in the May 19 season finale, along with James Spader ("Boston Legal") and British comedy star Catherine Tate. However, the former staple of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and current writer-actor on TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" stresses it's only a brief visit."It's a cameo," Emmy winner Romano tells Zap2it. "It's real quick, a drive-by. One of the writers on the show, Aaron Shure, was on 'Raymond,' He called me at the house and asked if I would do it, and I said, 'Yeah.' As soon as I took it, though, I thought, 'Oh, I hope people don't think I'm going to take the place of Steve Carell. I know we're going to get all the hate mail...



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