Steve Carell thinks being teased by Ricky Gervais is a ''badge of honour''.

The 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone' actor got to know the British funnyman after he took on the lead role in the US version of 'The Office' - the UK comedy which Ricky wrote and starred in - and he feels very touched when he makes jokes about him.

He said: ''Oh, he teases me mercilessly. But I take that as a badge of honour. If you're being teased by Ricky Gervais then you're doing something right.''

The American version of 'The Office' - which, like its UK counterpart, is filmed in a documentary style - comes to an end this year, but Steve says he won't be returning as his alter ego Michael Scott because he doesn't think it would fit in with his character's traits.

Steve - who left the show in 2011 - told ShortList magazine: ''I just don't think there's any reason for him to come back. I'm sure he would go back and see his old colleagues at Dunder Mifflin, but I don't think he'd do it in front of the 'documentary' cameras.''