Mindy Kaling Pushes for Dwight to Take Over on The Office

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Is Jim Halpert's biggest nightmare about to come true?

Soon after Steve Carell announced that he'd be leaving The Office after next season, we asked readers who they wanted to replace Michael Scott as the Scranton branch manager.

Producer (and star) Mindy Kaling already has her answer: Dwight Schrute.

“I’d love to see Rainn Wilson in that position,” Kaling told EW.com “Dwight has become so nuanced - you actually care about him now. I think if [we did a good job laying the groundwork] this coming season, he would be a fantastic boss.

"But that’s my dream. It certainly hasn’t been approved by people that are more powerful than me and who make those kinds of decisions.”

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Kaling adds, of course, that Carell would never leave at all in her ideal world.

But assuming he follows through on this decision, she recommends Wilson's character for the gig. Do you agree?

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The Office Quotes

Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years; she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me... No, don't sue me. That is the opposite of the point that I'm trying to make.

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