The longtime pals and friendly exes appeared at Monday’s ceremony to present the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special. In their opening remarks, both seemed to predict the internet chatter their presence would inevitably create.
“To all the nominees, we just want to say: ‘Congratulations, you lazy sons of bitches,’” Kaling quipped. “We came up during network sitcoms ― 22 episodes a year!”
After Novak noted that the shooting schedule for a longer, more traditional series “would take up your whole life,” Kaling added, “You had no choice but to form insanely complicated relationships with your co-stars.”
Kaling’s remark was a wink at her shared history with Novak. The two met as co-stars and co-writers on the premiere season of “The Office” in 2004, and they dated on and off for about three years.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped fans from maintaining hope that the pair will reignite their romantic relationship ― as evidenced once again on social media Monday.
Some suggested there was a subtle message in the Emmy producers’ use of the Supremes’ 1964 hit, “Baby Love,” as Kaling and Novak’s entrance music. Many have speculated that Novak is secretly the father of Kaling’s two children, Katherine and Spencer.
Kaling, who has never publicly revealed the paternity of her kids, addressed those rumors in an interview with Marie Claire published last month.
“It doesn’t bother me,” she said. “He’s the godparent to both my kids — and they have such a great relationship — and so far [the rumors haven’t] affected my happiness at all, it hasn’t affected my kids or B.J.”
“If that’s what is going to be titillating to people, I’ll take it,” she added.