"I just want to write for all the best people out there," says the TV writer, who also stars in "Ocean's 8."
Mindy Kaling was in the middle of her promotional tour for the upcoming "Ocean's 8" thriller on NBC's "Today" when Hoda Kotb and Carson Daly just had to know what she was proposing when she tweeted shortly after the cancellation of "Roseanne."
Within hours of a racist tweet by its star, Roseanne Barr, ABC had pulled the plug on the top-rated sitcom and like most of America, Kaling was shocked and saddened for everyone else involved in that production. Unlike most of us, she's also a television writer. And so she took to the social media platform herself and offered to write for John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf.
"I wanted to clarify it a little bit because the creators and the writing staff on that show are so incredible," Kaling said of her tweet. "There's a reason why so many people watched it. It really touched on a lot of things that people are really interested in watching, so I think that they have a great crew there. But John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are national treasures. When it's something like that where it's so abrupt, you're just like, if you're available, I'm a writer. I just want to write for all the best people out there."
Laurie Metcalf and John Goodman let me write things for you— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 30, 2018
While she didn't throw her hat in the ring to join the writing staff should ABC go ahead with a plan to continue the show without Barr, as has been heavily speculated since the cancellation, Kaling admitted she was intrigued. "I would watch that show," she said.
"Sara [Gilbert's] so talented, and I think they're trying to do something right now," Kaling said. "And the writing staff is so amazing, I think they could definitely do it."
And if it doesn't work out, Kaling's offer is still out there. Sure, she already has "Champions" on NBC (the network has yet to decide the show's fate for Season 2), for which she is a co-creator, executive producer and writer, and she's a bona fide movie star, with "Ocean's 8" in theaters tomorrow, and she's a new mom to a five-month old. But, you know, she's got this!