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Mindy Kaling Opens Up About Why She Won’t Date Ex B.J. Novak Again: He’s a ‘Wonderful Friend

Mindy Kaling and B. J. Novak

Mindy Kaling and B. J. Novak

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明迪·卡灵 is perfectly happy to keep her relationship with B.J. Novak in the friend zone.

在出现在 德鲁·巴里摩尔秀 周二, Kaling bonded with host 德鲁·巴里摩尔 over how they’ve both been single for “年。” But Barrymore, 47, eventually shifted the conversation to discuss Kaling’s former boyfriend and longtime pal.

I was on a date once and B.J. Novak sat down,” Barrymore began. “And I remember thinking, ‘Oh I wish I was on a date with him. He’s so attractive. Why is he not with Mindy Kaling? I wanna be with Mindy Kaling. Why are they not together?'”

The Mindy Project alum said in response, “等待, wait. Your first reaction was, ‘Wow he’s so attractive?’ He’s gonna be so excited about that.

Barrymore then said she’s dreamed about Kaling and Novak, 两个都 43, [object Window] “the ultimate couple,” 说, “You seem like best friends and you’re just both so wonderful.

Mindy Kaling attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 13th Governors Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州.

Mindy Kaling attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 13th Governors Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州.

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Despite Barrymore’s desire to see the two Office alums work things out romantically, Kaling shared her reasons for choosing to remain friends with the Vengeance star going forward.

He is a wonderful friend and he is the godparent of both my kids [凯瑟琳, 4, and Spencer, 2] and he loves children and they’re so attached to him,” 她说. “He’s really part of our family, but we’ve known each other for a long, long time and I think anyone who’s been friends with someone for 18, 19 years and at one point dated and now doesn’t, they maybe understand this. You have exes that you wouldn’t necessarily marry now.

从那里, Kaling shared what she considered to begreen flagswhen dating someone. “I think asking about your ambitions is goodif men wanna know what you want to do,” 她说.

乙. J. Novak and Mindy Kaling at the Los Angeles premiere of "Vengeance" at the Ace Hotel on July 25, 2022 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

乙. J. Novak and Mindy Kaling at the Los Angeles premiere of "Vengeance" at the Ace Hotel on July 25, 2022 在洛杉矶, 加利福尼亚州. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

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Kaling and Novak previously dated on and off during their early years working on The Office. Even though they didn’t work out as a couple, the pair have remained close of friends ever since.

They even joked about theirwill they or won’t theydynamic in September while presenting at the 2022 艾美奖. 当时, they were commenting on the fact that TV shows today are no longer required to do 20-plus episodes a season.

We came out doing network sitcoms, 22 episodes a year,” said Kaling as Novak continued, “And that show, that would take up your whole life. No time for other projects.

Looking at Novak, Kaling added: “No time for a social life. You had no choice but to form insanely complicated relationships with your costars.”