Steve Carell Reacts to Accidental 'The Office' Reference in 'The Morning Show' Trailer

September 12, 2019

In case you missed it, Apple has released the trailer for their upcoming show “The Morning Show,” starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon. But fans of “The Office” were distracted by a hilarious, accidental nod to the show.

Internet fiends everywhere were quick to notice the irony in one of Apple’s song choices for the trailer while playing Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger.”

In the season 4 finale of “The Office,” Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott, does a parody version of the Supertramp song as he’s bidding farewell to his least favorite coworker, Toby (Paul Lieberstein).

Now, the recently released trailer for the new Apple show features the original of the song, and “The Office” fans everywhere simply can’t unhear it, paired with one of the show’s stars, Carell himself.

Carell reacted to the song choice by saying it was a flag he would have picked up on immediately if he had previously seen the trailer before its release. “Oh, my gosh, when I saw that trailer I was like, somebody should have called me…,” Carell told Entertainment Weekly.

“I was like, ‘Guys, you can’t put that in the trailer and not have people raise one or two eyebrows,’” he continued.

With the accidental nod to many fans’ favorite Carell projects, “The Office” actor had to have a sense of humor about the situation. “Oh well. I don’t believe that they did that on purpose,” he said.

Carell stars as Mitch Kessler on the Apple TV + show.