It is impossible to separate "The Office" from the work of Mindy Kaling. But according to the small-screen Renaissance woman, the Television Academy once tried to do just that.
Kaling, who was an actress, executive producer, director and writer during the nine seasons of NBC's workplace comedy, told Elle magazine that the organization responsible for the Emmy Awards attempted to do so. beginning of his time on the show to abandon it from the list of producers. Such a move would have made it inadmissible to accept a potential win in comedy series for the nominated program.
According to the mind of the forty year old "Late Night", the Academy justified its decision at the time by saying that there were too many creatives in the credits. Kaling, the only woman of color in the team, said she was forced to do everything to prove her worth.
"They made me complete a complete form and write an essay on all my contributions as a writer and producer," Kaling told Elle. "I had to receive letters from all the other male and white producers who said I had contributed, when my real record proved valid."
The Television Academy, however, said Wednesday that the move was not personal.
"No one has been detected," a spokesman for the Academy said in a note to the Times. "It was a growing concern years ago regarding the number of artists and writers looking for producer credits. At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to properly check the manufacturer's suitability ".
"Every producer of scriptwriters and producers was asked to justify their producer credits," the spokesman added.
This justification is no longer necessary, he said, although the academy continues to monitor the consultancy-producer credits with the PGA to make sure that everyone plays the role of producer.
Kaling's name eventually appeared in the list, although the sitcom did not win that year. Between 2007 and 2011, the creator of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" shared five consecutive nominations of comic series as producer of "The Office".
Hired by NBC at age 24, she was the only woman and black person in the show's screenwriters' room.
"In this country, American means white. All the others must spell, "Kaling told Elle." In reality it doesn't matter how much money I have … I am treated badly with enough regularity that keeps me humble. "
Kaling's statements appeared in the magazine in November problem honoring 2019 Women in Hollywood. Other honors include Zendaya, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Jodie Turner-Smith and Dolly Parton.