Asked about what her character would be up to now, she told the hosts, “I think she probably would have quit Dunder Mifflin to be an influencer, and then probably been canceled, almost immediately.”
“Actually, most of the characters on that show probably would be canceled by now,” she added, referencing the rise of cancel culture.
She explained that the show that launched her career “is so inappropriate now,” further telling the hosts that “we probably couldn’t make [it] now.”
“Tastes have changed, and honestly, what offends people has changed so much now. And so, I think that actually, it’s one of the reasons why 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 said.
The Office, a spinoff of a British comedy by the same name, premiered on NBC in 2005. Despite ending in 2013, the show boasts some of the highest streaming numbers as it gets introduced to a new generation on streaming platforms. Currently, the show is available on Peacock.
In 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the public streamed more than 57 billion minutes of the show on Netflix prior to its move to Peacock. According to Nielsen, The Office was the most streamed show of the year — by a large amount.