"We were not considered attractive or funny enough to play ourselves," Kaling told The Guardian. It was a stumbling block that she called "humiliating," and it wasn't helped by the fact that she later auditioned for Saturday Night Live and was offered a job writing but not as a cast member. By that point, however, she was writing and acting on The Office and would go on to create and star in her own show while the unknown network that wouldn't let her play herself went off the air. We can only imagine its old offices today, serving no other purpose than to house Kaling's vintage VHS collection of rom-coms.
Karma, man. It's real. (The Guardian)