To be sure, Netflix has done an admirable job so far of building out a library of its own original content. Shows like Stranger Things and The Crown have solid fanbases built around them - though they don't hold a candle to how passionately fans of The Office feel about the beloved workplace comedy. According to data from 2018, The Office is the most-streamed show on the platform.
Netflix viewers have freaked out over the potential loss of a favourite show before.
At the end of past year, there were talks WarnerMedia would take "Friends" off Netflix, but the two companies came to an agreement that allowed WarnerMedia to also put the show on its own streaming service, The Journal reported in December.
"Hello it's me with your regularly scheduled reminder that The Office will be on Netflix until 2021 - at least!" a tweet from Netflix's Twitter account read. It's why we focus on the individual shows or films members watch, as opposed to how much time they spend on one series versus another.
According to the Wall Street Journal, discussions are happening about removing "The Office", an NBCUniversal show, from Netflix.
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During the Q1 2019 earnings call last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stated the company is expecting a decline in viewership of "second window content".
NBCUniversal previously said that once it launches its own streaming service, it would still continue "to license content to other studios and platforms, while retaining rights to certain titles for its new service". In January, when NBCUniversal announced that, like WarnerMedia and Walt Disney, they were launching their own streaming service, rumours followed that the sitcom would likely end up there.
"The Office", a mockumentary-style sitcom about average office employees that ran from 2005 to 2013, is now the top-watched program on Netflix, according to The Journal.
This article was updated on April 25, 2019 with a statement from a Netflix spokesperson.