‘The Office’ Is Officially Leaving Netflix In 2021 — Here’s How You Can Still Watch It
As Michael Scott once said, “All I can do right now is put on a brave face.” But in this moment, the aforementioned feels less feasible than listening to James Blunt’s “Goodbye My Lover” on repeat to cope with the following unnerving news: The Office will leave Netflix in 2021, but there will be a new place to watch it. Come the end of January 2021, all nine seasons of NBC’s cult-favorite workplace comedy will be exclusively available on NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service, set to launch some time next year. In turn, the NBC series will remain on Netflix until the end of 2020. Of course, the initial news of our beloved Dunder Mifflin Paper Company’s employees’ move to NBC’s newest streaming platform had been discussed several months back, to the heartbreak and dismay of Netflix users. With NBC’s statement, fans now have a solidified timeframe as to when the series will leave the streaming service — and it’s sooner than expected.
Following the news, Netflix took to social media on Tuesday, June 25 to comment on the show’s departure. The official account wrote, “We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021.”
In April, Netflix had originally announced that the series would remain until 2021 “at least!” Given the new solidified timeframe, it appears as though NBC simply couldn’t wait to pick up the pop culture staple. In a statement in The Hollywood Reporter, Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal DTC and digital enterprises, said of the move, “The Office has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before. We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service."
More to come.
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