Mindy Kaling desires CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta to know that her love for him is real. And that goes for her whole “Never Have I Ever” fam too.
The Netflix sequence’ co-creator and “Office” star despatched like to the famed neurosurgeon after he instructed his CNN co-hosts that he wasn’t certain if the present was mocking or flattering him with a goofy reference within the new season.
In Season 3’s fourth episode, Gupta’s likeness makes an look throughout a celebration celebrating the Hindu vacation Navratri. Protagonist Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a San Fernando Valley teen, compliments her grandmother’s golu show that’s been flourished with a “DIY Sanjay Gupta” — a figurine bearing the physician’s face — that Grandma (Ranjita Chakravarty) describes with “hubba hubba” and as “too sexy.”
The Gupta scene unexpectedly made it onto the cable news channel on Wednesday when CNN’s “New Day” co-anchor Brianna Keilar offered it and instructed Gupta she was happy to see him referenced on certainly one of her favourite Netflix reveals.
“The standard for heartthrobs on this show is high, Sanjay, and you’ve hit it,” she stated.
“At this stage of life — I have three teenage girls — I’m not sure when I’m being mocked or I’m being flattered, but I guess that just comes with the territory,” Gupta stated.
However he shortly steered the dialog away from his appears and praised Kaling’s present for its far-reaching influence.
“I will say that watching that clip as an Indian American — and seeing the mother with the deities set up — I never imagined in my life that I would see it represented that way in a Netflix show and Brianna Keilar is watching this show. It’s amazing for me just to see that. But, mocked or flattered? I don’t know. I’m not sure which.”
Whereas Kaling didn’t write the “…made someone jealous” episode herself (longtime collaborator Akshara Sekar did), the “Mindy Project” and “Late Night” star took to Instagram on Thursday to clarify that the series most certainly meant to flatter the medical expert.
“Dear @drsanjaygupta,” she wrote, reposting the clip, “Let us be clear: we are all obsessed with you. You’re the star of the golu, baby! With love, your @neverhaveiever fam. PS. We hope your daughters like the show!”
Commenters flooded Kaling’s post with “this is amazing” and missives that “the doc was hot.”
“Never Have I Ever” star Poorna Jagannathan, who plays Devi’s mom, also chimed in with “Haaaaa!!!! We stunt hard with @drsanjaygupta,” re-upping a line of dialogue from the episode.
The medical correspondent’s heartthrob status was also noticed by Darren Barnet, who plays one of Devi’s love interests in the series, Paxton Hall-Yoshida.
“More competition? @jarenlewison we’re doomed!! 😩,” he wrote, tagging co-star Jaren Lewison, who plays another of Devi’s flames, Ben Gross.
The comedy, which will end with its fourth and final season in 2023, has been holding steady in the No. 1 spot on Netflix’s top TV shows in the U.S. rankings since its release last Friday.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that Season 3 of “Never Have I Ever” clinched the No. 2 spot among the streamer’s most viewed programs (just behind “The Sandman”) and had been watched for 55 million hours after three days of availability.