‘The Office’: John Krasinski ‘Shadily’ Stole an Iconic Piece of the Set, Admitted He Lied About It

John Krasinski confessed that he “super shadily” stole a prop from The Office when the series wrapped and actually lied to the show’s creator about it. Krasinski has some other choice Jim Halpert items from the show but knew he wanted this one iconic piece.

Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer in character on 'The Office'
‘The Office’ stars Rainn Wilson, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

John Krasinski shared the vibe when they shot the last scene of ‘The Office’

During the Oct. 19 episode of The Office Deep Dive with Brian Baumgartner, the former co-stars discussed what it was like when they shot their final moment of The Office. According to Krasinksi, it was devastating how show creator Greg Daniels didn’t tell the cast they were done filming their final scene — until it was over.

When Baumgartner asked, “What did you take from the set?” Krasinski recalled shooting the final scene and how he stole the Dunder Mifflin sign.

“I think it’s the only time I ever lied to Greg [Daniels],” he said. “Well you remember the last moment, right? That was vicious… that was hard. Greg, unbeknownst to us, knew what the last shot of the day would be — the last shot ever of the show — but we didn’t know.”

The actor recalled how all of the cast was leaving the office and “goofing off … and we’re like laughing and having a great time and then we came back in for a reset and [Daniels] was standing there weird in the middle of the room. And he was like, ‘That was the last take of The Office.'”

Krasinski said he felt totally blindsided. “I mean like a bus hit me … It was so intense, wasn’t it? And I was like, ‘Amazing and brilliant, but also, how dare you?’”

“I cried very hard,” he admitted.

Krasinski shared the props he took from the show, including a piece of the set

After they finished the scene, people went back to their trailers before meeting up again in the warehouse for a wrap party. Krasinski took the opportunity to get his hands on a piece of The Office set. “As Jim, I didn’t have a ton of stuff,” he explained. “I took the nameplate, for sure, but I was like, ‘I want something that is undeniably from our set.’”

Krasinski continued, “And I super shadily ran back in the five minutes that everybody was gone and stole the Dunder Mifflin sign that we always used to walk by and do the talking heads.”

Krasinski said he felt “a little ashamed” but figured he’d look back on it one day as a “bad high school kid decision.” When Krasinski got to the party and asked Daniels if he took anything from the set, Daniels said he had wanted the Dunder Mifflin sign, but it was gone.

The actor said, “And I legit, to his face” lied, not revealing that he was the one who took the sign. Krasinski shared that it’s framed and hanging in his office but “that night, I hit a speed bump and the ‘I’ in Dunder Mifflin flew off and I almost lost my mind,” he said.

Krasinski got in touch with Phil Shea, the show’s prop master, a year after the show wrapped and said the letter fell off. Shea sent him a new ‘I’ for the sign. “And then later he sent me The Adventures of Jimmy Halpert comic, my actual bag… my Dundie [award], and then maybe my watch. That’s all I have now.”

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