Mindy Kaling Says ‘The Office’ Is ‘So Inappropriate Now’ And Most Characters ‘Would Be Canceled’

The Office” actress Mindy Kaling acknowledged that the popular NBC comedy couldn’t exist in today’s hyper-sensitive, politically correct culture and that most characters “would be canceled.”

The 43-year-old, who played Kelly Kapoor on the series, made the remarks during an interview with “Good Morning America” last week. 

“That show is so inappropriate now,” Kaling said.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

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When asked what her character Kelly would be doing today, Kaling joked that she’d have quit Dunder Mifflin and become a social media influencer, then would “probably be canceled almost immediately. Actually, most of the characters on that show would be canceled by now,” the actress said.

“The Office” is an incredibly successful American adaptation of the British TV series starring Ricky Gervais. It aired for nine seasons on NBC from 2005 until 2013.

Series co-creator Gervais already acknowledged that the show would be canceled by today’s standards. He said in 2021, “I mean now it would be canceled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it. Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I say, ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!’”

The American version starred Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott on the show. He maintains that he’d never participate in a reboot if it happened.

“I’ll tell you, no,” Carell said in 2018 when asked about participating in a reunion or reboot. “The show is way more popular now than when it was on the air. 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.”

“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,” he continued. “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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