Attention, The Office fans: A major mystery has been solved!
For 13 years, viewers have wondered about the identity of character Jan Levinson's sperm donor—and now, they have an answer. On the latest episode of Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey's Office Ladies podcast, the duo revealed the man was none other than tennis star Andy Roddick. And while the detail was in an original draft of the 2008 "Goodbye Toby" episode, it apparently didn't make it past the editing room.
Kinsey even recalled how Jan (Melora Hardin) told Michael Scott (Steve Carell), who she was then involved with, about the sperm donor's identity. "Jan looks to Michael like she's expecting him to be very impressed," Kinsey said on the May 5 podcast episode. "And Michael says, 'The tennis player?' And Jan says, 'Well, it's a little more than that. He's the sixth-ranked player in the world and he's won four grand slams.' And Michael says, 'That's a lot of grand slams, I guess.'"
"And Jan says, 'And he's a humanitarian, something with orphans,'" Kinsey shared. "And Michael is quiet and Jan goes, 'Michael?' And Michael says, ‘Can I just sit here for a minute without more things coming into my head?'"
And why was Roddick the original choice? Well, according to Fischer, the athlete was friends with actor Rainn Wilson and would often stop by the set.
"I have to imagine that the reason they wrote it as being Andy Roddick's sperm was a little bit of a nod to Andy, who has an amazing sense of humor," Fischer explained on the podcast. "I am so sad for his sake that this did not stay in the episode."