U.S. version of The Office to end in 2013

  • Award-winning comedy The Office is to end its run on U.S. television in 2013 after eight years.

    The decision was partly the result of the departures of several key cast members.

    Executive producer Greg Daniels said the ninth and final season, starting on September 20, would bring back many familiar faces to NBC's mockumentary workplace sitcom.

    "This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that has mattered most to fans with the core characters," Daniels said.

    The show’s conclusion follows the exit last year of lead actor Steve Carell, who played office manager Michael Scott, along with a drop in audience numbers from a high of about 8 million in 2008 to 4 million earlier this year.

    The Office has won four Emmy Awards and was adapted from the British series created by comedian Ricky Gervais.