Mindy Kaling: Is BJ Novak the Father of Her Daughter?!

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There were plenty of surprises at the 2018 Academy Awards last night.

The Shape of Water won Best Picture in one of the most tightly contested races in years; host Jimmy Kimmel successfully navigated the rough waters of Hollywood's most scandalous year ever ...

... but for fans of Dunder-Mifflin power couples, there was one stunning twist that trumped all the others.

Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak Oscars Pic

Yes, Kelly and Ryan themselves - Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak hit the red carpet together last night.

Kaling's choice of date for the Hollywood's biggest night had fans talking for a number of reasons.

For one thing, there's the obvious speculation that the on-again, off-again couple is dating once again "on."

But there's currently an even more intriguing rumor making its way across the social media landscape.

Kaling welcomed a daughter back in December, and she has yet to disclose the identity of the child's father.

Mindy Kaling in a Dress

So we guess it's not all that surprising that fans are now jumping to the conclusion that Novak is the baby daddy.

In fact, many are flat-out convinced that the Scranton branch's third or fourth most popular couple has entered the parenting world together.

Rumors about the father of Kaling's baby have been rampant for several months now, and Kaling has kept mum on the topic.

Unfortunately for her, this is one of those cases where fans believe her silence speaks volumes.

In the past, Kaling has never been shy about discussing the unusual complexities of her relationship with Novak.

Mindy Kaling Image

“I will freely admit — my relationship with BJ Novak is weird as hell. He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend,” Kaling revealed in a 2015 interview.

“I guess you could describe our relationship as a ‘romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,’ but I don’t think Facebook would accept this as a new status.”

In her 2015 memoir, Kaling left Office fans overjoyed when she revealed that she and Novak refer to one another as each other's "soup snakes," a reference to a season 7 episode in which Michael Scott intended to use the term "soul mates" and flubbed it as only he can.

"'Soul mates' is what you aim for, but soup snakes is what you get sometimes," Kaling wrote.

Obviously, there's still no clear indication that Novak is the father of her child, but these days, he certainly seems to be the leading candidate. 

Whatever the case, these two went from hanging out by Oscar's desk to hanging out at the Oscars, and we couldn't be happier for them.

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