Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak playfully alluded to their uncommon, if closely scrutinized, relationship throughout a joint look on the 2022 Emmy Awards.
The longtime buddies and pleasant exes appeared at Monday’s ceremony to current the award for Excellent Writing for a Restricted Sequence, Film or Drama Particular. Of their opening remarks, each appeared to foretell the internet chatter their presence would inevitably create.
“To all the nominees, we just want to say: ‘Congratulations, you lazy sons of bitches,’” Kaling quipped. “We came up during network sitcoms ― 22 episodes a year!”
After Novak famous that the taking pictures schedule for an extended, extra conventional sequence “would take up your whole life,” Kaling added, “You had no choice but to form insanely complicated relationships with your co-stars.”
Kaling’s comment was a wink at her shared historical past with Novak. The 2 met as co-stars and co-writers on the premiere season of “The Office” in 2004, they usually dated on and off for about three years.
Whereas their romance reportedly fizzled someday in 2007, Kaling and Novak have nonetheless remained loyal associates and supporters of each other’s skilled endeavors.
In fact, that hasn’t stopped followers from sustaining hope that the pair will as soon as once more embark on a romantic relationship ― as evidenced as soon as once more on social media Monday.
Some suggested there was a subtle message within the Emmy producers’ use of the Supremes’ 1964 hit, “Baby Love,” as Kaling and Novak’s entrance music. Many have speculated that Novak is secretly the daddy of Kaling’s two kids, Katherine and Spencer.
Kaling, who has by no means publicly revealed the paternity of her children, addressed these rumors in an interview with Marie Claire revealed final month.
“It doesn’t bother me,” she mentioned. “He’s the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [the rumors haven’t] affected my happiness at all, it hasn’t affected my kids or B.J.”
“If that’s what is going to be titillating to people, I’ll take it,” she added.