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Mindy Kaling Celebrates 40th Birthday With 'The Office' Co-Star B.J. Novak

By Ryan Naumann

Mindy Kaling rang in her 40th birthday with close friends and family, and also right by her side was her former lover, and “The Office” co-star, B.J. Novak.

The “Late Night” star shared a photo as she was getting ready for her celebration and wrote, “Ringing in 40 with a night of good eats, friends, and a custom drink list! ❤️❤️❤️”

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The shin dig went down at the San Vicente Bungalows located in West Hollywood. The menu included a speciality cocktail named the “Mindy Mule” which contained vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. The other option was “Actually, Just A Diet Coke” which was ... just a Diet Coke with ice.

Novak also posted a photo from the dinner that features Kaling holding a Happy Birthday cake with a photo of her giving a thumbs up on top.


Fans commented on the photo “Get u a man that looks at u the same way bj looks at mindy” and “SOMEONE LOOK AT ME LIKE RYAN LOOKS AT KELLY.” Another fan wrote, “The way you still look at her though” and one wondered “Can you guys get married already”

Many fans of “The Office” have always wished that Kaling and Novak would get back together. The two met when they started on the show. They briefly dated during the beginning of the NBC series and also ended their relationship during the show.


Kaling starred as Kelly Kapoor and B.J. starred as Ryan Howard alongside Steve Carell. They both were writers on the show too.

The two remain extremely close and have supported each other for years after “The Office” ended.

Many people wondered if Kaling’s 1-year-old daughter Katherine Kaling is also Novak’s. Kaling has never publicly talked about the father.

Netflix recently announced "The Office" will be taken off NBC in 2012, which has caused an uproar among fans.

The entire series is expected to be available via an NBC streaming app.

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