B.J. Novak Leaving ‘The Office’ as Series Regular

by | June 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM | The Office

B.J. Novak of 'The Office' (Photo: NBC)

Beginning this season, B.J. Novak will only be working at “The Office” part-time.

The “Office” star and writer will no longer be a series regular on the NBC sitcom when it returns in September for its ninth season, reports TV Guide. Novak’s character, office temp Ryan Howard, will still be a recurring character who’ll make occasional appearances. He’s been an original cast member since “The Office” debuted in 2005.

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Novak’s departure is one of many changes coming to Dunder-Mifflin this fall, following a rocky year of transition after losing Steve Carell. Costar Mindy Kaling, who plays Ryan’s on-again, off-again love interest Kelly, is leaving to head up her own sitcom, “The Mindy Project,” on Fox. James Spader is also out after his one-year stint as CEO Robert California. And Paul Lieberstein, the “Office” showrunner who also plays cubicle dweller Toby, is also moving on to focus on launching “The Office” spinoff featuring Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute.

Key players Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski are all back for Season 9, while Catherine Tate is now a full-time regular.

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