Steve Carell is backing his The Office replacement James Spader, calling him an "excellent choice" to take over the role.
The funnyman recently quit as horrible boss Michael Scott in the U.S. comedy and TV chiefs have hired Spader to join the cast full time as his replacement, Robert California.
Carell is convinced Spader is the perfect candidate to run The Office, telling Access Hollywood, "I think it's an excellent choice. I think it's great and he will infuse all this new energy into the show. In talking to the cast, everyone's very excited and I know it'll be a good season."