Mindy Kaling says The US Office is 'so inappropriate' now and most of the characters would be 'canceled'

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Mindy Kaling says The US Office is 'so inappropriate' now and most of the characters would be 'canceled'

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Mindy Kaling has said she doesn’t think The Office would get made today and that so many of the characters would be ‘canceled’ today.

Kaling, who was a star and writer on the long-running sitcom, recently appeared on Good Morning America where she was asked about the possibility of a reunion or a reboot of the show - and admitted she didn’t think it would be happening.

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When asked why, she said: “That show is so inappropriate now.”

The actor went on to explain that people's attitudes have changed since The Office first aired in the US in 2005.

“The writers who I’m still in touch with now, we always talk about how so much of that show we probably couldn’t make now,” Kaling added.

“Tastes have changed, and honestly what offends people has changed so much now. I think that actually is one of the reasons the show is popular, because people feel like there’s something kind of fearless about it or taboo that it talks about on the show.”

Mindy Kaling played Kelly Kapoor in The Office. Credit: NBC
Mindy Kaling played Kelly Kapoor in The Office. Credit: NBC

Kaling was then asked what she thinks a 2022 version of her character Kelly Kapoor would be doing in The Office, to which she replied: “I think she would have quit Dunder Mifflin to become an influencer, and then probably be canceled, almost immediately. Actually, most of the characters on that show would be canceled by now.”

And Kaling isn’t the only former star to shut down talk of a potential reunion.

Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott, has also ruled himself out of ever returning to the role.

He told Collider in 2018: “The show is way more popular now than when it was on the air.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott. Credit: NBC
Steve Carell as Michael Scott. Credit: NBC

"I just can’t see it being the same thing, and I think most folks would want it to be the same thing, but it wouldn’t be.

"Ultimately, I think it’s maybe best to leave well enough alone and just let it exist as what it was.”

Carell added: “You’d literally have to have all of the same writers, the same producers, the same directors, and the same actors, and even with all of those components, it just wouldn’t be the same.

"So, no. But, I love the show. It was the most exciting time, and all of those people are my friends.

"We all love it. It was a special thing. It was a special thing before people thought it was a special thing. It was special to us, before other people started feeling that way. But, no.”

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Claire Reid
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