VIDEO: Steve Carell explains

Last week, while promoting his new film The Way, Way Back at the Sundance Film Festival, Steve Carell told Access Hollywood why he wouldn't be returning to The Office during the final season.

“I just didn't think it was right for the character, because that character had had an arc within the story and kind of grew and sort of evolved past the idea of the documentary,”

“I’m really good friends with everybody on the cast and with Greg Daniels and I want to go back to say, ‘Hi,’ certainly, before it all ends, but I just thought, in terms of the character, it didn't make sense,”

Bummer.  We're still hoping they're keeping a surprise cameo under wraps.