It's the news fans of The Office had been waiting years for, a TV return for the hit US sitcom, seemingly confirmed by star Steve Carell. And then he ripped it all away. The comedy star is under fire for a brutal prank on Twitter today, where he announced some surprise "breaking news". "The Office returning to NBC," he tweeted. The post was retweeted over 70,000 times and liked more than 100,000 times as fans revelled in the unexpected prospect of their Scranton favourites' return, almost four years after the series' final episode aired in May 2013. But then, six minutes later, came the kicker. "Wait, sorry. I meant Will And Grace (typo)," Carell tweeted, referring to the early '00s sitcom whose not-so-secret return was confirmed today. \n \n \n Breaking News: "The Office" returning to NBC.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n Wait, sorry. I meant "Will and Grace" (Typo)— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n The well-executed prank drew the ire of heartbroken fans, who've been tweeting disappointed Office memes at the star ever since. "We're dead inside," wrote one fan. "What a Toby move," another wrote, evoking Dunder Mifflin's much-despised human resources manager, memorably played with unrelenting creepiness by showrunner Paul Lieberstein. \n \n \n @SteveCarell pic.twitter.com/jpeBfJ2m73— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n @SteveCarell pic.twitter.com/wUi4yzKyDd— Nathan Draheim (@NateDraheim11) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n \n \n Dear @SteveCarell,noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooSincerely,me, @inafried &amp; America pic.twitter.com/imyOkFKiuT— Lisa Abeyta (@LisaAbeyta) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n \n \n \n @SteveCarell i dont think u understand what u just put my heart through— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) \n January 18, 2017\n \n \n \n \n \n @SteveCarell I'll turn my car around— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) \n January 18, 2017\n \n The hit US series, which followed the dysfunctional team at a paper supplies company in Scranton, Pennsylvania led by their bumbling boss Michael Scott (Carell), had a rocky beginning in the wake of its award-winning UK counterpart before finding its own identity and gaining a cult audience. It earned several awards over its nine season run, including a Golden Globe for star Carell, several Emmys and even a Peabody in 2006, before dwindling ratings, largely fuelled by Carell's departure after Season 7, led to its end. Spin-off rumours have long been connected to the show, with one proposing to follow Rainn Wilson's oddball Dwight Schrute running a bed-and-breakfast on a beet farm, but none have been pursued by NBC.