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Mindy Kaling: Rainn Wilson Should Replace Steve Carell as "The Office" Boss

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NEW YORK (CBS) Who will replace Michael Scott as the head of Dunder Mifflin when Steve Carell leaves "The Office" after next season?

If Mindy Kaling has any say in it, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) will be getting the promotion.

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"I'd love to see Rainn Wilson in that position," Kaling told Entertainment Weekly on Thursday. "Dwight has become so nuanced - you actually care about him now. I think if [we did a good job laying the groundwork] this coming season, he would be a fantastic boss."

"But that's my dream," she adds. "It certainly hasn't been approved by people that are more powerful than me and who make those kinds of decisions."

Kaling stars on the show as Kelly Kapoor, and is also a co-executive producer and writer for the NBC comedy. She earned an Emmy nomination this year for writing the episode centered around Jim and Pam's wedding.

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However, she wishes Carell wasn't leaving the show at all.

"We're still infatuated with Steve and love him so much that we're hoping for some 11th hour like, 'I really do like this schedule and I like craft services here, so I don't want to go.' But I'm going to take him at face value and [assume] he's not being coy and that he really wants to [leave]."

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