Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak playfully alluded to their uncommon, if closely scrutinized, relationship throughout a joint look on the 2022 Emmy Awards.

The longtime buddies and pleasant exes appeared at Monday’s ceremony to current the award for Excellent Writing for a Restricted Sequence, Film or Drama Particular. Of their opening remarks, each appeared to foretell the internet chatter their presence would inevitably create.

“To all of the nominees, we simply wish to say: ‘Congratulations, you lazy sons of bitches,’” Kaling quipped. “We got here up throughout community sitcoms ― 22 episodes a 12 months!”

After Novak famous that the taking pictures schedule for an extended, extra conventional sequence “would take up your entire life,” Kaling added, “You had no alternative however to type insanely sophisticated relationships along with your co-stars.”

Kaling’s comment was a wink at her shared history with Novak. The 2 met as co-stars and co-writers on the premiere season of “The Workplace” in 2004, and so they dated on and off for about three years.

Whereas their romance reportedly fizzled someday in 2007, Kaling and Novak have nonetheless remained loyal pals and supporters of each other’s skilled endeavors.

After all, that hasn’t stopped followers from sustaining hope that the pair will reignite their romantic relationship ― as evidenced as soon as once more on social media Monday.

Some suggested there was a subtle message within the Emmy producers’ use of the Supremes’ 1964 hit, “Child Love,” as Kaling and Novak’s entrance music. Many have speculated that Novak is secretly the daddy of Kaling’s two kids, Katherine and Spencer.

Kaling, who has by no means publicly revealed the paternity of her youngsters, addressed these rumors in an interview with Marie Claire revealed final month.

“It doesn’t hassle me,” she mentioned. “He’s the godparent to each my youngsters — and so they have such an awesome relationship — and to this point [the rumors haven’t] affected my happiness in any respect, it hasn’t affected my youngsters or B.J.”

“If that’s what’s going to be titillating to folks, I’ll take it,” she added.

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