06/07/2013 11:33 am ET

John Krasinski On 'The Office' Finale: We Flat-Out Lied About Steve Carell's Cameo


Longtime fans of "The Office" may have felt betrayed by the cast's lies about Steve Carell's epic cameo in the NBC comedy's finale. But John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) got a kick out of it.

"It was so thrilling. We all just flat-out lied," Kraskinski said at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center's The One Hundred Gala, according to People magazine.

"I lied to Letterman! I have to apologize to him for that at some point. It was just one of those things that we all vowed and had to protect," he continued, "Look what happened -- it was the best. The 'that's what she said' was the perfect use of Steve."

Krasinski may have fibbed on TV, but executive producer Greg Daniels may have told the most Carell-related lies. "I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode was his goodbye and he didn't want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved," he sad in a conference call shortly before the "Office" series finale.

But in an interview with The Huffington Post, Angela Kinsey (Angela) hinted that Carell's return was likely.

"Well, I would certainly be the last person to tell, wouldn't I? Because I'm very chatty. I'm not going to comment," she said when probed, before adding, "I do [think fans will be disappointed if he doesn't show up.] And I would say that I feel like Greg Daniels wrote a love letter to the fans. So I think the people who have loved this show are going to be happy."

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