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Is Mindy Kaling Done Writing for 'The Office'?

by Joel Keller, posted May 12th 2011 2:00PM
Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on 'The Office'On Mindy Kaling's Twitter feed, the actress has been hinting that this is her last season, even if it's jokingly in comparison to the much more ballyhooed departure of Steve Carell.

The other day, I spoke to Paul Lieberstein, who most people know as hapless H.R. rep Toby on 'The Office,' but he is also an executive producer and the current showrunner on the series.

During our interview, which mostly revolves around the season that will end with next week's star-studded finale, I asked if Kaling -- who not only plays Kelly Kapoor but also is one of the show's best writer/producers -- is coming back next year.

"She's coming back as an actress, for sure," Lieberstein told me. When I pressed and asked if that means she won't be writing for the show anymore, he said, "It doesn't look that way, but I don't think that's been ... We don't know yet."

Kaling's profile has been on the rise the last few years, and she's been tapped to work on a number of different projects. Her book, 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),' comes out in November, and she will appear with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in 'Five Year Engagement.'

Could it be that Kaling is making time for other projects, perhaps a series of her own? The reticent Lieberstein wouldn't say, but he did say that "I think she's interested in developing (other projects)." When I asked if that meant other series, he said "Exactly."

While Kaling has earned the right to shine, her departure as a writer would be a big loss for 'The Office.' She's penned some of the series' best episodes, including 'The Dundies' and 'Niagra,' and the 'Subtle Sexuality' Web series has showcased her writing, directing and even songwriting talents.

In fact, while you contemplate Mindy's departure, here's the latest video from Subtle Sexuality, called 'The Girl Next Door.'


More of the interview with Lieberstein coming next week. Stay tuned.

Tell us: Do you think Mindy Kaling's departure as a writer is a blow for 'The Office'?

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that video was okay.

May 12 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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