A month or so ago, we saw the trailer for The Office alumni Mindy Kaling‘s self-titled show, which more or less indicated the end of Dunder-Mifflin may be upon us as the cast and writers go onto new projects. Well, consider this another farewell shot: B.J. Novak, one of the show’s original writers and stars, is leaving the show for good. Well, not for good good, but he’s leaving. Sorta. The Huffington Post explains:
B.J. Novak is leaving The Office as a full-time regular. According to TV Guide Magazine, Novak, who has been a writer and star on the series since it began, will depart the long-running comedy as a series regular. However, he is expected to make recurring appearances and could also write and possibly direct episodes during Season 9. Novak’s departure isn’t the only change for Season 9. Mindy Kaling is leaving the series for her own show, The Mindy Project, on Fox. James Spader is also leaving The Office and Catherine Tate is joining the show as a series regular.
Well, considering that The Office has been on the air since 2005, I’d say that it may be coming the time to close shop and move on, if only so that people will stop watching the show and going “oh my God, my office is just like this one!” No bitch. No it isn’t. Because unless everyone in your office is fed lines by a team of talented writers, the peak of your office’s comedy is the Dilbert strip pinned to the fridge.