Stephen Merchant to announce shock retirement from comedy?

‘The Office (UK)’ creator created a stir on Sunday when rumors have surfaced that his career was over.

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Sad news for Merchant fans. Speculation had been rife that the creator of The Office (UK) will announce his retirement from comedy, at age 48, with immediate effect.

UPDATE 28/11/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Being a comedian isn't fun anymore

“As we get older, there are phases of life that we enter into, and being a comedian-actor-author-director just isn't fun anymore,” he might have said, says a source who remained anonymous. Other reports hinted that he may branch out into other creative fields he is better at (and more interested in), though they didn't provide any details.


For a little while on Sunday evening, #ThankYouStephen was a trending hashtag on Twitter. As many fans reminisce and look back on all the unforgettable memories, some may wonder what about now made him make the decision.

“You’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of #ThankYouStephen.”
— @DesireePlum, 27 Nov 2022
“Merchant wasn't retired?”
— @borisB0, 27 Nov 2022

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