Make sure you’re sitting down. We have a bit of bad news. Netflix have taken the American version of ‘The Office’ off their streaming service.
We know, we know, but please try and remain calm.
The streaming service previously had all eight series of the irreverent American sitcom, which was based on Ricky Gervais’ original British series of the same name.
However, Netflix users were disappointed on Thursday (1 October), to discover that their beloved sitcom was gone without a trace.
And when we say “disappointed”, we mean “crestfallen”, “broken-hearted”, “infuriated” and, actually, “a little bit frightening”...
It happened... Netflix actually removed the office pic.twitter.com/qi9R58GqBi— katie eales (@eales93) October 1, 2015
The Office US being taken off Netflix is the worst thing to happen. Ever.— Sam O'Brien (@SamOBrien3) October 1, 2015
I will wreak a terrible vengeance on whoever it is that took The Office US off of Netflix— Thomas Debaere (@thomas_debaere) October 1, 2015
when u wake up to find out that the office has been taken off netflix pic.twitter.com/ECUyz4RvO8— becki (@_beckiparker) October 1, 2015
@NetflixUK Hello, can you put the US office back on netflix by the end of today please or i'll delete my account. Thanks.— Stephanie Gowland (@stephgowland) October 1, 2015
Soo upset n angry with Netflix taking off the office 😡😭😩😕😑😤— saz (@sarahcanningxo) October 1, 2015
the office has been removed from netflix so this is officially the worst october on record— sammie (@saomie) October 1, 2015
A dark dark day for mankind. The office isn't on Netflix anymore 😞— Mark Noble (@MarkkkNoble) October 1, 2015
How dare UK Netflix get rid of The Office US?!— meesh (@MicaIsTheBest) October 1, 2015
Woke up to the news that The Office has officially been taken off Netflix, what a horrible start to October 💔💔💔— h o l l i (@hollikerr) October 1, 2015
Not being over dramatic here, but The Office being taken off Netflix is the worst things that has ever happened to me.— Phil (@PKerr94) October 1, 2015
One fan has even taken it upon herself to try and bring around a positive change, by setting up a petition on Change.org to get it reinstated on the service.
She writes: “This decision is quite frankly baffling, considering the fact that ‘The Office US’ is one of the most popular shows on Netflix UK.
“It's available on Amazon Prime (as well as ‘Parks and Recreation’ - *cough*) - so what's the point in Netflix now? Apart from a few Netflix only shows - nothing. There is no point. Netflix is dead to me.”
While the UK service no longer offers the sitcom, its US counterpart currently still has it available for streaming.
During its time on the air, ‘The Office US’ boasted Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Katy Bates, Idris Elba and Catherine Tate among its cast members.
The show wrapped up in 2013, with a double-length finale (which had a decidedly happier ending than its UK equivalent).