While promoting their new book Office BFFs: Tales of The Office From Two Best Friends Who Were There, the Office Ladies podcast co-hosts recalled that the cast thinking that The Office wouldn't work with so many key people exiting for other projects. "As soon as we collectively made that decision, then we could start — the writers in particular — could start developing an end and having a story and having all the characters have their arc towards the same goal," says Kinsey. She adds that Greg Daniels invited the cast to pitch storylines for their characters for the final season. "He invited us all in to meet with him, to talk about, 'What is something we always had hoped for our character?' or what we always hoped for the show, and we got to share with him. I mean, that was just such a gracious thing that he did."