Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak- is it a THING?!

Written by: Kay Montgomery – February 11th, 2020 7:39pm PT

Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak are setting the internet ablaze as their Instagram videos and pictures from Oscar night and beyond continue to stoke the fire on speculation that these two are an item. BJ posted an adorable shot of Mindy from backstage getting final make-up touches before presenting. It got 85,000 likes and hundreds of comments ranging from people shipping them hard to others encouraging marriage to even others asking them to have children together!

credit: Instagram/Mindy Kaling

When she posted a story of them riding in a limo en route to the event fans began pointing out how often they’re seen in each other’s orbits, especially on special occasions like those. They coupled up for the Oscars and the Vanity Fair party that night, as well as Mindy’s birthday. In that picture posted to Novak’s Instagram, Mindy’s giving a thumbs up imitating the picture on her cake and BJ is looking on lovingly.

credit: Instagram/Mindy Kaling

The two have dated in the past, in the early days of the office-over a decade ago. In 2105 Kaling confessed, “I will freely admit: My relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell,” she says. “He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend. I guess you could describe our relationship as a ‘romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept this as a new status.”


After the birth of her daughter, in 2017, Novak and Kaling’s relationship seems to have morphed into something more solid, and even more serious. In a recent interview she said,
“The truth is that B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend,” She also revealed that he’s the godfather to her 2 year old daughter, Katherine.“He comes over like once a week,” she added. “Sometimes he’ll come over just to hang out with her.”


For his part Novak describes their connection thusly,
“We’re very close in sort of a natural, eternal way.”


So I guess the romantically charged aspect she spoke about in the past is gone.  Familial is not how I would like to describe a future love interest. Sorry guys, I think that really confirms the idea that this former on again, off again adorable pairing of some of the world’s funniest people, will not be The Hollywood Comedy Power couple we have been shipping.

credit: Instagram/BJ Novak

But lo, fret not, dear reader, for we still have The Office. We still have Ryan and Kelly, and that couple, with its fake pregnancies, dysfunction, and scandal handily wins the award for Hollywood Drama Couple.

About The Author:

Kay Montgomery is a host at Afterbuzz TV who loves sitcoms and is currently embroiled in a vicious debate on Bracketology. She is A Different World devotee and although she has a masters degree in Education from The University of Redlands, she would have given anything to go to fictional Hillman College.

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