Fans will remember that it was temporary full-time salesman Ryan (BJ Novak) who eventually got the job at the company. The episode ends with him simultaneously receiving news of his new job and breaking up with Kelly (Mindy Kaling). But Ryan didn’t always plan to rise up the corporate ladder.
On her podcast with Kinsey, Fischer explained that “they shot an alternate scene where Karen gets the job.” In this scene, Karen is still in New York upset over her breakup with Jim (because apparently he just flat out dumped her and left her alone in the Big Apple so he could get back into the ring. Pam’s hand, this is actually a bit harsh, dude) when she gets a call from David informing her of their decision. Fischer assumes that writers may want to leave their options open as to who will ultimately land the preferred company position, but Kinsey had a good comment. Rashida Jones, who plays Karen, was recently cast in the upcoming show “Parks and Recreation.”
Because of her new role on another show, it will make it difficult for her to also be “Michael’s boss at the company,” as Fischer puts it. So we ended up with Ryan taking on this role, which… we all know how that end. Karen will kill it as Michael’s boss. Alas, it was never meant to be.
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