Mindy Kaling wished Steve Carell happy birthday with the perfect Office tribute, and Michael Scott would be proud
In the five years since The Office went off the air, there’s been an unwritten rule established that any time one of the show’s incredible cast members references the series—or two or more members of the ensemble reunite—the calls for a reboot intensify in a BIG way. (As if the campaign for an Office revival ever actually goes away.)
Yesterday, August 16th, Steve Carell celebrated his 56th birthday. And while we’ll probably never know if Carell spent his birthday being serenaded with a chilling cover of “The Longest Time” by one “William Joel” on the recorder, he did get an Instagram shout-out from one of his former co-stars.
Mindy Kaling took to Instagram to wish Carell a very happy birthday, posting a GIF from one of Michael Scott’s most relatable moments from Season 6 of the series. While arguing with Andy Bernard (Ed Helms), who called him the Ali Larter to his Beyoncé—in reference to the very niche 2009 thriller Obsessed—Michael responded the only way one can. The “world’s best boss” may have said a lot of nonsense at Dunder Mifflin. But Michael reminding Andy who “the Beyoncé” really is? That’s something we’ve all felt once in our lives.
Kaling’s birthday message to Carell is perfect.
So…how about that Office reunion, folks?
Since we’re currently in the era of revivals and reboots, there’s been a lot of talk about reviving a number of our favorite old shows, including The Office. Last year, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt revealed to Deadline that there’s an “open invitation” to revive The Office, should Greg Daniels, who developed the U.S. version of the series, want to make more episodes.
Additionally, a number of the cast members have expressed interest in returning for at least one more reunion episode. While promoting his new movie The Meg, Rainn Wilson revealed he’d love to be a part of an Office revival “if the circumstances were right.”
Earlier this year, John Krasinski talked about how much he loved working on the series.
He added that he’d love to reprise his role as Jim Halpert one more time. A noted fan of the original U.K. version of the series, the Quiet Place director even shared his idea for how a reunion could work.
We are very much on board with an Office Christmas special.
It’s relatively low commitment for the very busy cast. Plus, fans would love to see a glimpse at what our favorite Dunder Mifflin employees are up to now. NBC, we hope you’re listening to this.
While we wait for NBC to green light this genius idea, we’ll stick to fawning over mini reunions and birthday posts on social media.