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Facing cast attrition -- star Steve Carell left at the end of the seventh season, his replacement James Spader departed after a single season, Mindy Kaling is heading out for a new sitcom of her own on Fox while B.J. Novak's also no longer a regular -- and a general sense of having lingered too long at the party, "The Office" will come to an end after this upcoming ninth season.  Original showrunner Greg Daniels, who's back at the helm of the sitcom for its final season (kicking off on NBC on September 20th), has been doing press since this morning's announcement that the show was coming to a close. "The Office" will go into its last season as NBC's most-watched scripted series, so barring some major downward spiral it's going out strong. Here are the high points we picked up from reports around the web. The creators felt »

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