John Krasinski is not the actor one would associate a tantrum, but that was the case when “Office“Threatened to fracture Jim and Pam’s favorite relationship with fans in the show’s eighth season. “The Office” fans will remember that was the season in which Pam took maternity leave and was replaced by interim office administrator Cathy. The new character already suits Krasinski’s Jim, but “The Office” host Greg Daniels wanted to take things a little further by letting Jim and Cathy speak for themselves. To put it mildly, Krasinski refused.
“That was the only time I remember setting my foot down,” Krasinski writes in his new oral history book “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Last Oral History of the Office” (via Uproxx). “I remember saying things I never thought I would say before, such as ‘I’m not going to shoot it.’
Krasinski continued, “My feeling is that there is a threshold where you can push our audience. They are very dedicated. We have shown great respect to them. But there comes a time when if you push them too far, they will never come back. And I think if you show Jim cheating, they’ll never come back.”
Every Uproxx: “The kiss between Jim and Cathy was supposed to happen while they were on a business trip to Florida, but creator Greg Daniels was convinced by Krasinski’s appeal and cut it off.”
However, Daniels still defends the idea. “I feel so nervous about fan interaction,” he said. “I think they know what to expect. They’re very comfortable with the show they’re getting, and I need to worry about them that maybe I’ll give them a bad ending so they’ll be happy when they get a good ending.”
Cathy was played on “The Office” by Lindsey Broad, who disclosure in the summer of 2020 she is still being harassed on social media by fans of the show due to her character threatening Jim and Pam’s beloved relationship. Broad wrote on Instagram at the time, “If anyone is wondering about appearing on ‘The Office’, the best comedy of this century: I just posted something on Instagram about my dog was murdered and a bunch of people were like ‘Fuck, Cathy, she deserves it!’ Therefore. Go! ”
All episodes of “The Office” are now streaming on Peacock.
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