IS The Office alum B.J. Novak dating much younger actress Kiernan Shipka?

To paraphrase a certain regional manager: That’s what fans said!

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B. J. Novak and Kiernan Shipka were spotted grabbing dinner together in Los Angeles[/caption]

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Fans were put off by the couple’s extreme age difference[/caption]

The 43-year-old writer and actor was spotted with the 22-year-old Mad Men and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star grabbing a bite at Los Angeles hot spot Mother Wolf Thursday night.

The two smiled and cooed at each other as they enjoyed an Italian dinner.

BJ, who will soon appear in the highly anticipated Celebrity Jeopardy! spinoff, was dressed casually, wearing a dress jacket over a simple white tee shirt.

Kiernan dressed up a little more, opting for a black dress and red polka dots, with a black mini jacket, teamed with black socks and boots.

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SINIKING ‘SHIP

Rumors of a relationship between the two have been circulating for more than a year now.

Back then, fans were turned off by their age difference.

“He is old enough to be her father,” one person shared in a Reddit chat room. “Sus af, especially since they have been friends since at least 2015, when she would’ve been 15….”

Another added on: “The fact he knew her when she was 15 is the creepy part. If they just met when she was 21… then ok. I mean it’s weird but its not that bad.”


While a third noted: “I can’t think of a single reason for a 42 yr old man to hang out with a 21 yr old, also he’s been in contact with her since 2014, it’s creepy.”

OFFICE AFFAIR

BJ, who is also a bestselling author of children’s books, previously famously dated his Office co-star and on-screen romance Mindy Kaling – though, like the plot of a good sitcom, there was a lot of “are they/aren’t they?”

“No one, including us, ever really knew, ‘Is this dating? Is this not dating?’ We were never really dating, we were never really not dating?,” BJ told Vulture magazine in 2012. 

“We didn’t know. No one knew,” he added. 

“All you’d know for sure was that you’d always find one of us next to the other, even if we weren’t getting along.”

Mindy also admitted to not knowing where her and BJ stood in terms of their relationship status back in 2015. 

“I will freely admit: My relationship with BJ Novak is weird as hell,” she told InStyle magazine.

“He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend. 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.”

However, Mindy once admitted that BJ broke her heart and “broke up with her” in 2014. 

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Fans have been vocal in the past about hoping BJ is the father of Mindy’s two babies, daughter Katherine, 4, and son Spencer, 2.

But Mindy has only revealed that he is simply the godfather to Katherine.

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BJ Novak found fame as Ryan Howard on The Office[/caption]

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Kiernan played the title character in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina[/caption]

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BJ was previously romantically linked to The Office co-star Mindy Kaling[/caption]

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