So the answer, then, is “they were, but not for a long time”.I love how she handles Stern—not blowing off the question but not giving it too much importance, either.

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There are so many women in the public sphere who can’t be separated from their romantic entanglements, yet here is Mindy, standing on her own two feet, not shaped by other people. She’s an unabashed romantic and yet, I couldn’t tell you anything about her dating life (Taylor Swift could take notes).

I have a feeling that’s just the way Mindy likes it.

But, in a turn of cruel fate, the storyline of the show kinda matched their own real-life relationship…

“We are pretty inseparable best friends with a lot of chemistry ourselves, and we’re not dating. ’ It’s such a common thing to have that platonic best friend that becomes a little weird when you start dating someone.” Novak, who played Ryan to Mindy Kaling’s Kelly on “The Office,” and is now a producer of her new show “The Mindy Project,” describes how the duo’s real-life BFF relationship often complicates their romantic lives.

Whenever we date anyone else, I think there’s a period where the person is very skeptical of our friendship — ‘Everyone seems to think you two might be a couple, and I don’t mean to get in the way. I had no idea these two were friends in real life, and thinking about it is kind of giving me a cute attack (that’s when you’re so overwhelmed by cuteness you have to breathe into a paper bag for 5 minutes).

In related news, BJ just started a two-episode guest appearance on “The Mindy Project,” so we’ll get to see more of their BFF chemistry in action.-mate “Ryan” and also a producer on her show—is the one that got away.As per usual she’s funny, charming, and honest, saying that she was “never more beautiful” after they broke up because she doesn’t eat when she’s sad.Seriously, I think it’s physically impossible not to like Kaling at least a little.She’s at the top of her game in an industry that especially hard on women and yet she remains so likeable and (relatively) open.Her admission to Stern solves a long-standing “are they or aren’t they” debate that surrounded Kaling and Novak, but she also mentions that she was 24 when this went down, which means by the time hit the air in 2005 they were already broken up.