Mindy Kaling Will Be Back on ‘The Office’

The departing actress behind Kelly Kapur assures reporters that she'll appear in at least one episode of "The Office" next season.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Mindy Kaling has a new show on Fox, “The Mindy Project.” Yet she was still on "The Office" as Kelly Kapur last year, with no mention of her leaving. Today at the Television Critics Association panel for “The Mindy Project,” Kaling confirmed she will return to “The Office" while she is writing and starring in her own show.

“I’m actually headed back and I think I’m going to be in the premiere, so I’m excited about that, and maybe another episode,” Kaling said. “That was great because I got so attached to that character, even though I’d have like a line maybe every episode, it’s fun to see what’s going to happen to Kelly.”

After the panel, in a scrum with journalists, Kaling shared specifically how she thinks Kelly might leave Dunder Miflin.

“I always thought that Kelly is probably the person in the office who is most into reality shows. So I always thought she’d audition for ‘American Idol’ and move to LA under some feeling that she would become a star and it’d all blow up in her face.”

We’ll have a complete interview with Mindy Kaling coming to CraveOnline before the fall season.