(Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JAKE GYLLENHAAL, MICHAEL STRAHANGOOD MORNING AMERICA - Michael Peï¿½ is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, March 23, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network.(Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, ROBIN ROBERTS, MICHAEL PEï¿½, AMY ROBACH, SARA HAINESNEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Demi Lovato, Michael Strahan tape an interview at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on March 20, 2017 in New York City.SEE ALSO: Food Network star Ina Garten makes massive reveal on Instagram"They roll out the carpet for him while seasoned talent is treated like dirt," a source told Page Six."He's been given a lot of opportunity, flexibility, when the others who have been working there longer don't get that kind of treatment."The source's comments alluded to Strahan's side gigs as host of "0,000 Pyramid" and analyst on "Fox NFL Sunday."See photos of Michael Strahan on "GMA": GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Local animal shelter dogs visit 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, March 23, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network.In January 2004, Variety reported Steve Carell of the popular Comedy Central program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, was in talks to play the role.
According to Page Six, Michael Strahan's presence on the show has created some behind-the-scenes tension as his fellow anchors feel that he's been given special treatment.In the end of the 7th season, he proposes to HR representative Holly Flax and moves to Colorado to take care of her aging parents, leaving the manager position to Deangelo Vickers in "Goodbye, Michael", to Andy Bernard in season 8 after Vickers becomes brain dead, and ultimately to Dwight Schrute in season 9. NBC programmer Tracy Mc Laughlin suggested Paul Giamatti to producer Ben Silverman for the role of Michael Scott, but the actor declined.All original series characters were adapted for the U. Martin Short, Hank Azaria, and Bob Odenkirk were also reported to be interested.However, Come to Papa was quickly canceled, allowing Carell to commit to The Office.Carell later stated he had only seen about half of the original pilot episode of the British series before he auditioned.