updated 12/13/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/13/2010 AT 9:30 AM ET
Steve Carell isn’t getting into the debate over who should replace him on The Office. But he hopes it doesn’t end up being someone who’s too much like Steve Carell.
“I think it would be in their best interest just to sort of go in a different direction and not try to do the same type of character,” the actor, 48, tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Beyond that, he’s not making any specific suggestions. “You know what,” he says, “I’m leaving that to the producers.”