Once the cold open has passed, most episodes of Saturday Night Live of late have begun with the week’s host taking some kind of musical number. This week, Steve Carell tweaked fans of the hit NBC show The Office and their hopes for a reboot.
After Kate McKinnon took on Laura Ingraham in the show’s opening, Carell took the stage and began taking questions from the audience.
It’s a familiar bit for an SNL host, and one that usually involves the cast interspersed with the crowd. This week, it involved the cast of The Office as they encouraged Carell to sign on for a reunion.
“Let’s get that money, Steve,” demanded Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper, who played Erin from The Office. Upon Carell’s refusal, she called him a jerk.
“You wouldn’t have to do those sad movies any more,” encouraged Ed Helms. Still, Carell was unconvinced.
Helms was followed Jenna Fischer and even Carell’s wife, Nancy Walls, and their kids to demand a reboot, which doesn’t actually exist. But the idea was still dismissed by the show’s former star in a recent interview in Esquire. “I just don’t know how that would fly now,” Carell said, in reference to the behavior of his character, Michael Scott.
So, an onstage reunion at 30 Rock will probably have to do.