Ricky Gervais to Guest Star on The Office

January 19, 2011 By:
Ricky Gervais to Guest Star on The Office

Guess everything’s cool between Ricky Gervais and Steve Carell!

Gervais is set to guest star as his original character David Brent on The Office later this month, according to Vulture. He shot a cameo that was meant to be top secret, and the episode will air January 27.

Show-runner Paul Lieberstein said the scene is with Gervais and Carell. "It's outside of the office, and it's just the two of them interacting," he says. "It's just a little nod to Steve and his final year."

Lieberstein adds, "We didn't even tell NBC at first. So [Ricky] worked for free. But don't print that — it might get him in trouble with the INS."

I’m so sad that Carell is quitting the show—it just won’t be the same without him! I doubt it’ll go on for much longer after Michael Scott leaves.

As for the January 27 episode, Lieberstein says to make sure you’re watching right at the beginning of the show. "It's a little more than if you blink, you'll miss it, but if you don't set your TiVo right, you'll miss it," he said.

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya!