Mindy Kaling says much of ‘The Office’ wouldn’t fly today: ‘That show is so inappropriate now’

Mindy Kaling says much of ‘The Office’ wouldn’t fly today: ‘That show is so inappropriate now’

The former writer and star says times and tastes have changed since the show ended in 2013.

Sydney Bucksbaum

Michael Scott, The Office (Steve Carell)

The former writer and cast member of the iconic workplace comedy said in a new interview that “so much” of the show’s humor wouldn’t be okay today.

“That show is so inappropriate now,” Kaling said Thursday on Good Morning America, while promoting her new publishing imprint. “Writers I am still in touch with, we always discuss how much of that show they probably couldn’t make right now. The tastes of people have changed and so has their taste. “

Mindy Kaling and Steve Carell on ‘The Office’

Mindy Kaling and Steve Carell on ‘The Office’

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She went on to add, “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. “

Kaling also said she isn’t planning to show The Office to her kids any time soon — or ever. She chuckled, “I kinda think maybe never.”

Based on the British TV series of the same name, The Office aired for nine seasons, from 2005 to 2013, chronicling the trials and tribulations of employees at a Pennsylvania paper company in mockumentary style. Kaling was Kelly Kapoor, a customer service rep who is self-involved. Her castmates were Jenna Fischer and Steve Carell.

Kaling was asked what her character would do these days. She said, “I think that she would have quit Dunder Mifflin in order to become an influencer. The show would likely be canceled almost immediately. In fact, most of the characters from that show would have been canceled by now. Watch the video above to see more from Kaling.

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