Ryan tries to break up with her several times, but fails until he finally moves to New York. (This role ends after one season.) His brother, Jesse, works as the show’s music producer.
Later, Novak hypothesizes to Vulture that their characters’ relationship probably came from “an observation from the writers’ room that Mindy and I were extremely close and constantly fighting. Honestly, we would sometimes not be speaking for an hour, and I couldn’t remember why. The tone in choosing which place to order lunch from. January 29, 2013: Novak begins a three-episode arc on The Mindy Project, playing Jamie, a potential love interest for Mindy.
In May 2015, it was announced that Novak and Mindy Kaling had signed a book deal worth a reported .5 million to write about their long friendship and former relationship, though Kaling said in an interview that the book would "not be a tell-all." Novak has a close friendship with Mindy Kaling, whom he met through writing for The Office.
The two dated on and off while writing and acting on the show, sometimes mirroring the on-again, off-again nature of the relationship between their respective characters Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor.
For starters, there’s a whole Tumblr dedicated to their fromance.
(Still working out the portmanteau for this one.) There must be something there, right?
“I think I’ve decided that unlike everything else in my life, I’m going to be fast and loose about kids.This includes Kaling as shallow, self-absorbed Kelly and Novak as cocky intern Ryan. ’” Kaling leaves The Office to create and star in her own sitcom, The Mindy Project, on Fox.February 13, 2006: Kelly and Ryan start dating on the show. It premieres in September 2012 with Novak credited as a consulting producer.Mindy Kaling has described her relationship with sometime-co-worker, sorta-once-boyfriend, still-best-friend B. Novak as “weird as hell” — and now it’s also as profitable as hell, with the duo scoring a reported .5 million deal to write a book about it.What’s so intriguing about this “romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,” as Kaling once called it?An unnamed source told the site that Kaling’s pregnancy was “an unexpected surprise,” but did not clarify who the baby’s father is.