08/28/2012 02:15 am ET Updated Oct 27, 2012

Kate Flannery Talks The Final Season Of 'The Office' And Her Legacy As A TV Drunk On 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

Since the news broke that this ninth season will be the last for "The Office," a sense of melancholy has has crept into its cast-member's interviews. Kate Flannery sat down on "The Tonight Show" (Weeknights, 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC) to talk about how proud she is of all the work they've done over the years.

Considering the show was struggling to avoid cancellation early in its first season, nine years is a monumental achievement. What made it special was that it managed to pull all those background characters -- like Flannery's alcoholic Meredith -- into the foreground, flesh them out and make the audience care about each one of them.

"if I am known for being a drunken floozy for the rest of my natural life, what's wrong with that?" Flannery asked.

Greg Daniels, the series' original showrunner who's returning for this final season, promises plenty of payoffs for long-time fans, including what's up with that documentary they've been filming for so long.

And fans who just can't bring themselves to say goodbye can look forward to Dwight's spinoff "The Farm," which has been adding to its cast like crazy.

The final season of "The Office" premieres Thursday, September 20 at 9 p.m. ET and watch "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" every night at 11:35 p.m. ET, both on NBC.

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