01/17/2011 02:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Exit Strategy: 7 Ways Michael Scott Could Leave 'The Office'

Well, it's time to start clutching your World's Greatest Boss mugs and begin crying loudly in a corner. Not only is Michael Scott leaving The Office, but he's leaving the show about a month before the end of its season.

Deep breaths. It's going to be okay.

Remember, as Michael once said, "Don't ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where or who you are with, or where you are going, or where you've been ever. For any reason whatsoever."

Sure, that doesn't make any sense. But feel free to construe it as something positive about his departure. We're sure he's going to leave in a dignified and respectable manner.

Yep, that was a joke.

But his exit will be a calculated one, Office head writer Daniel Chun told E! Friday.

"He will earn the ending he gets. I think there are multiple plausible endings for him. He could get fired, he could get promoted, he could decide to quit it all and go to Hollywood. He could find love or he could crash and burn romantically. He's poised for a number of things but the thing that's a promise is that he will deserve what he gets."

With that said, here are our guesses for how he'll leave Dunder-Mifflin. — Ben Collins for

Exit Strategy: Seven Ways Michael Scott Could Leave The Office
Exit Strategy: Seven Ways Michael Scott Could Leave The Office