Will Ferrell to guest star on US Office

The 43-year-old funnyman has signed up to appear as a visiting branch manager in four episodes of the NBC show alongside his Anchorman co-star Steve Carrell, who will be exiting from his role as cringe-worthy boss Michael Scott later this year.

Producer Paul Lieberstein said he invited the comic on the show to make Steve's departure bigger but joked that Will - who has acted, written and produced for many films and TV shows - needed more exposure.

He told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star. We are proud to continue The Office's tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see. Tremendous raw sexuality."

Earlier this month, it was reported that Ricky Gervais - who starred in the original, British version of The Office - will also be making a cameo appearance, revisiting his role of David Brent.

- BANG! Showbiz

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