Rainn Wilson, Oscar Nuñez, and Angela Kinsey along with other cast members of "The Office" Source: Todd Williamson/Getty Images for TV Land

Listen: Angela Kinsey of 'The Office' Recalls the Gay Joke She Said No To

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

"The Office" star Angela Kinsey recalled objecting to a gay joke her trussed-up, religious character was scripted to say – and she says it was her real-life Christian faith that caused her to reject the gag.

In conversation with fellow "The Office" alum Rainn Wilson on Wilson's "Soul Boom" podcast, Kinsey touched on the memory after Wilson said "that the fictional Angela was originally depicted as an 'uptight Christian cat lady,' despite the real Angela, 52, having a 'warm, meaningful relationship' with her faith and her family," Metro relayed.

Kinsey disclosed that there were times she felt the character was written as a trope.

"There were one or two times where there would be a joke written for her that I thought was just really stereotypical, maybe one note," Kinsey recalled, adding: "I like to think of her as a full, well-rounded person."

The example Kinsey offered of writing that reduced her character to a two-dimensional stereotype was a Season 3 entry titled "Gay With Hunt," Metro detailed, an episode in which "Steve Carell's branch manager Michael Scott finds out that Oscar [Oscar Nuñez] is gay."

"I remember there was a particular storyline between Angela and Oscar, where Angela was being super judge-y," Kinsey told Wilson, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Disliking a "joke at Oscar's expense" that had her character (also named Angela) citing her faith in Jesus as a reason to condemn Oscar, Kinsey approached showrunner Greg Daniels with her concerns.

Said Kinsey, "I went up to Greg and I was like, 'I can't.'"

Added the actor: "I just was like, 'I don't feel good about it.... I don't feel like that's what Jesus represented to me.'"

Daniels' response? "He was like, 'Okay,'" Kinsey related. "And he heard me, and he took the joke out. And the episode, it was 'Gay Witch Hunt,' had so many already."

"But that's the one pivotal moment I remember being like, 'Okay, this is feeling like a stereotype and very one note. I feel like she has more depth than that.'"

Good thing, too, otherwise that joke might have ended up being included in Screenrant's 2020 rundown of problematic moments in the show that leave certain scenes dated and cringeworthy.

Listen to the former co-stars in discussion on Rainn Wilson's "Soulbloom" podcast.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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