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    B.J. Novak on Mindy Kaling Dating Rumors: "No One Ever Knew If We Were Together or Not, Including Us"

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    Given the comedic sparks that flew when B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling worked together on The Office, it's understandable that fans would want them to be an item.

    But alas, that's all just wishful thinking.

    While appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Novak playfully clarified the status of his off-camera relationship with Kaling when a caller inquired about it after commenting on how they had such great chemistry on the show.

    "I would say it was a great and terrible chemistry, and it reflected what we were like in real life," the 34-year-old actor said. "No one ever knew if we were together or not, including us. We weren't always on the same page on a given day or a given hour. We fought a lot. We were each other's best friends. We were inseparable and not talking to each other, often on the same day. And people didn't know, if she was gone, they would ask me where she was, and vice versa. We were like E.T. and Elliott a little bit."

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    He added, "But it was hard to define, and I think very funny to people witnessing it, and that's what actually gave them the idea to write Ryan and Kelly that way."

    Host Andy Cohen then proceeded to pipe in and remark, "Everyone wants you to be together, and everyone wants you to get married, basically."

    "Yes, but nobody wants us to get divorced," Novak noted. "I think you have to be very careful when you have an explosive connection with somebody. We might be better as best friends."

    (E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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