Mindy Kaling & B.J. Novak are writing a book about their ‘weird’ relationship


Mindy Kaling has talked about her “weird as hell” relationship with B.J. Novak a lot in the past year. When she was on Howard Stern’s show last summer, Stern asked her a lot of questions about her love life, and Mindy ended up making headlines because she honestly described being dumped by Novak when she was 24 years old and how devastating it was for her, because she thought they would get married. She also talked about Novak in her recent InStyle Magazine cover story, saying: “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.’”

Whatever is going on with them, I don’t really think it’s healthy. I think they love each other and Mindy is still into him and he’s maybe playing some games. Like, I think he cares about her and he doesn’t want her to be with anyone else, but he still doesn’t want to be her boyfriend. We’ve all had relationships like that, but usually those relationships are when you’re college-aged and angsty and worried about things getting “too real.” For Mindy and Novak to continue this pattern well into their mid-to-late 30s is… weird as hell. And now they’re going to write a book about it.

Mindy’s next project is going to be a whopper. Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak will make $7.5 million for penning a book about their off-and-on romance, according to a well-placed publishing industry source. We’re told the book is likely to include juicy information about “The Office” stars’ “complicated” courtship, which coincided with their roles on the NBC comedy, which ran from 2005-13.

“It’s a crazy price!” our source said. We’re told that lofty amount will be shelled out by a division of Random House. It would rank somewhere between what a heavyweight like Lena Dunham and a superheavyweight Hillary Clinton might collect. We’re told the book’s title will likely be announced May 30 at the Javits Center, where the pair are to appear at BookCon. We’re told the formal announcement of the book was supposed to have been “a surprise,” which means this article will be an even bigger one. Until now, that May 30 event was being billed as a chat about Kaling’s second book of essays, “Why Not Me?” The collection follows up on her 2011 best seller, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”

Kaling soon may have fodder for another book after this is all over. While the collaboration with Novak is to be published by a yet-to-be-named Random House imprint, her essay collection is being put out Sept. 29 by Crown Books — a direct competitor. There’s a rumor among publishing insiders that Random House could be using Kaling and Novak’s book to launch a new imprint that could appeal to authors with sensibilities and followings similar to those of the two “Office” stars.

[From NYDN]

Wow, relationship drama AND publishing drama. Well, as long as they’re making some kind of profit along the line, more power to them. But it feels like public foreplay, like they’re going to be airing all of their relationship drama in public and maybe that will force them to finally admit that they should be together. As I said, I think Mindy is already there – she wants to be with Novak. He’s the withholder.

Oh, and Hulu has picked up The Mindy Project and they’ve already ordered 26 new episodes!!! THR had a very interesting story about how the deal came together – Kaling nurtured her relationship with the Hulu brass for a long time, and when TMP was on the bubble again this year, she was already talking to Hulu executives about picking up the show. Good for her!


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  1. Shambles says:


  2. Hawkeye says:

    This is to me is the multi-million dollar equivalent of writing “feeling sad” as a Facebook status to get some attention. What a dysfunctional pair.

  3. QQ says:

    so a Book about her chasing after him and him being around for the opportunity her success affords him while Maybeing her… Great Stuff you guyses!

  4. ashley says:

    These two….i just. I’m just happy her show got picked up,thanks hulu!

  5. Kdlaf says:

    At least theyre both profiting off of this :/. Im in my early 20s and went through this phase along with some of my friends. To be doing this in your 30s is indeed sad. How will she ever be in a real healthy relationship if this weird dynamic never ends!!!

  6. mams says:

    Or they are friends who realized they can capitalize on their relationship which people are clearly interested in. Also, they are both hilarious.

  7. InvaderTak says:

    This doesn’t seem healthy. And I feel a like a money grab. I thought Mindy was above that. Sighs.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      + a million to all that you said! I can just imagine if any other, more well known celebs did this……it’d be bad enough with a relationship they were currently in….but a past relationship. And they’re not 90 years old?

      Sort of OT–I was looking up Marlon Brando yesterday, and he seemed to have issues……his second ex wife, Tarita wrote a book about their relationship shortly after he died, and said that he never, ever allowed her to tell him that she loved him–wouldn’t let anyone tell him, and that he only told her that he loved her, STILL loved her when he was 78 years old….when they went to joint counseling sessions after his son killed her daughter’s boyfriend, Dago…….which, despite the fact that Brando was a bit “free” in his relationships (meaning he cheated like a dog in heat)…that made me go “awww”……but I wonder what kind of issues he had in his life to get like that. Not letting someone tell you that they loved you…..

  8. Chichi says:

    I have often suspected that they intentionally play this out publicly (perhaps even fictionalising aspects here and there). I thought they were exploiting it for branding purposes because it just didnt make sense that grown people would do this dance so publicly. I think they just proved me right.

    Also that Howard interview was weird. Mindy basically volunteered most of the info. Howard only asked some vague question about whether she wants marriage and that was her cue. Howard didnt even know who she was blurbing about until later when a producer explains to him via earpiece who BJ is and why he should continue along that topic. Call me a cynic.

  9. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I just wonder what his girlfriend thinks about all this. I wouldn’t be pleased if I was her…..even if there isn’t anything sexually going on between them (and I don’t think so), they are SO codependent on each other…. I was watching “Girl With a Pearl Earring” last night, so that seems like a perfect description of their relationship…….

  10. RobN says:

    Feels like these two are going to milk this relationship just as long as they can and for as much as they can, but at some point it all starts to seem a bit stunted.

  11. Francesca says:

    Not exactly Taylor and Burton.

    • Helen says:

      I know this sounds awful and I don’t mean it to be a diss…..but is he heterosexual? I had a big crush after The Office, and he really comes off as not being interested in women at all to me. He’s got an alter ego on Twitter who’s an obnoxious, sassy girl, and he Tweets a ton more as her than as himself.

      Is it just me who thinks this? I mean I guess what I’m saying is that this book seems like a work deal rather than a romantic tell-all.