Jenna Fischer rocks the OTCR

JennaFischer: I only did a couple last year because it was literally 2 weeks after I fractured my back. I went to a studio in New York while I was stuck there recovering.
jen: Oh yeah. I love when you are on the commentaries.

lollynyc: Speaking of Target, what would you say is your favorite seasonal item there right now? I just picked up some summery plates and dishware.
JennaFischer: I like the garden section. I got a great birdfeeder hanger. And, I bought the little instant strawberry plant. I haven’t tried it yet.
JennaFischer: And, I’ve been in the baby section a lot :)
StephanieC: I saw the Cupcake Courier in Target. It was very exciting. :)
lollynyc: Thanks! I love the baby section even though I don’t know anyone pregnant :p

Mexicanity: How is Angela doing at work, how’s she feeling??
JennaFischer: Angela is doing great. We all take care of her. We make sure she has snacks and water and we are always having to break so she can go to the bathroom. Her bladder is the size of a lima bean.
JennaFischer: We tease her sometimes too. It’s cute. We ask her why she doesn’t come out from behind the copier.
Clare: awwwww so sweet
JennaFischer: I hope she doesn’t go into labor while we are still working. I am her driver if we do!
Mexicanity: Ha-ha, that is so cute! We wish her the best!

lemonade: What day do you have in the office pool for when she is going to have the little one?
JennaFischer: I didn’t enter the pool … it didn’t seem fair. Too much insider information.
JennaFischer: Ha! I just noticed I said “we” … I guess you can tell I’m pretty protective of that little one.
MNFan: Please convey our best wishes to her :)
JennaFischer: She is very appreciative of everyone’s support.

jen: What fun things happened at Angela’s baby shower that you can tell us about?
JennaFischer: Well, she got a lot of really cute stuff. I loved watching her open all of her gifts. It was a big group … probably close to 35 women. Many of them came in from Texas and Louisiana. Her Mom, Grandma, sisters, Aunts, and cousins. It was really cool. A bunch of southern ladies all drinking iced tea.
JennaFischer: She got a hilarious bunny robe from Kate.
jen: Thanks, Jenna.
JennaFischer: I kind of geek out over baby girl clothes. I think I gave her like 3 boxes of girl clothes that I had been collecting over the months from different places.
updog: if it was from Kate (Meredith), the robe probably opened very easily from the front
tanster: lol
Jim Mosby: *twss*

Angelica: I have been dying to know this: how many takes did you have to go through to get a good one when ed helms was singing rainbow connection to you?
JennaFischer: Oh boy … Angelica … that scene was SO HARD to get through.
shan: The crowd at the convention made him sing that a million times! So great :)
JennaFischer: Looking in his eyes was brutal. I laughed so much and we shot that at like 6am.
JennaFischer: Usually I don’t lose it so early in the day.
Angelica: I bet. I still can’t watch it without dying every single time.
mg714: we love ed’s singing! (And Ed himself, of course :) )
JennaFischer: We get pretty slap happy in the conference room scenes. Those are the hardest to keep it together. Because we get locked in the room all together for a couple of hours and it’s like romper room.
yarnseller: More a cappella!
carl: What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall….
upsidedown: Conference room scenes are always the greatest!
JennaFischer: I can take a couple of more questions but then I have to wind down.
JennaFischer: I have to get up early to do the local news rotation.
tanster: alrighty, let me pick a few more here …
JennaFischer: Oh…Angela shot some more stuff on set recently for her Adventures with Angela page on I’m not sure when they will post. But she got some sweet stuff of people with the baby belly.

sorano916: I don’t know if this has been asked, but Jenna, will we ever see Pam’s old hairstyle and clothes again? Kind-of miss them. :lol
jen: We are all loving Fancy New Beesly this season!
Teheheman: I like old pam myself
JennaFischer: I don’t think we will see Pam’s old look … she has transformed as a person and that seems like it might be out of her personality. She might pull her hair back or something but I don’t see her totally going back. I miss it too. I especially miss her old wardrobe. I liked the button down shirts.
yarnseller: She’s who we fell in love with, after all. *smile*
JennaFischer: It’s a balancing act. We have to let the character to grow but we also don’t want her to seem a like a totally new person. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of letting her evolve slowly.
Mexicanity: a very good job :)
JennaFischer: If she stayed totally the same for 5 years it might get depressing.
lemonade: I agree, Jenna.
carl: I concur!
JennaFischer: I don’t know many women who keep exactly the same hairstyle for 5 years. I might think my hair is the same but then I’ll look at pictures and see that it was a little longer or a little darker or more layered.

tanster: okay here is the last question:
Annie: Jenna: What is the biggest surprise about being part of such a huge TV hit? And … thanks for joining us here tonight!
JennaFischer: Annie, that is a great question … There were a lot of things that surprised me. I was surprised at how awesome and down-to-earth all of my co-workers are. It really debunked my preconceptions about success and Hollywood. I thought I would like being famous more than I really do. It all looks like so much fun … like premieres and parties and stuff. But when you are there, it is really just a big room full of strangers all standing around wondering who to talk to next and trying really hard to look cool
JennaFischer: So, I got over that part pretty quickly.


  1. Augh, I missed it! Ah well, what can you do, right? Jenna is awesome to do this, and I can’t wait for the transcript. I envy all you Tallyheads who were there for it!

  2. Aw, Jenna was so sweet for coming in and answering our questions. Thanks for moderating, Tanster!

  3. Jenna is so sweet for being loyal to her fans :) She is so awesome and down-to-earth!

  4. Sad that I got distracted and missed the chat, but I can’t wait to see what Jenna said! She’s such an awesome lady.

  5. I can’t wait to read this. She is so sweet and gracious and generous to her fans! It’s unheard of–She’s just wonderful!

  6. NO. NO. NO. NO!!!
    I can’t believe I missed Jenna!
    Awww. Well hopefully she’ll drop by again soon.
    She’s so sweet, can’t wait to read the transcript!

  7. Jenna was so sweet tonight and spending an hour answering our questions. Thanks again for your great moderating Tanster! You rock and Office nerds unite! :)

  8. This was surreal! We waited all afternoon and she came! This site is amazing :-)

  9. I will cherish my ticket stub forever.

    Thanks Tanster for yet another amazing experience at the OT! :)

  10. ahh i missed it :(
    at least i’ll be able to read the transcript.

    that was awesome of her to come and chat.

  11. Oh, blurg. Of course I missed it. ;_; But that’s so exciting–congrats to all who were here!

  12. I was so waiting for that! I tried to get in earlier, but had computer issues. Such a bummer. Anyway, I can’t wait to read the transcript. I love Jenna.

  13. Darnit! I missed the chat!

    Bless Jenna’s heart! Everyone from The Office treats fans so well!

    I can’t wait to read the transcript – thanks for everything you do, Tanster!

  14. Jenna was so kind and so down-to-earth. And funny. It was totally worth waiting all those hours. Like Phoenix27 said, we waited all afternoon, and had a lot of fun even while we were waiting, but then she came and stayed for so long, answering our questions!

    And tanster, thank you so much for this. You are amazing and you should keep up your good work!

  15. Jenna is coolest person in the world! Woo! Nerd power!
    Thank you for posting the transcript Tanster makes me feel like i was there lol

  16. It’s probably good I missed it. I would’ve just embarrassed myself by professing my undying love. lol I kid I kid.

  17. No way! I always miss these! I thought about going into the OTCR last night, too… awww. Great transcript, though.

  18. Aw I missed it :-( I Love Jenna.

    Who’s leaving Dunder Mifflin though? My bet is Jim or Pam to pursue different careers.

  19. She is the absolute cutest celebrity…I love Jenna. Thank you SO much, Tanster for the transcript!

  20. Does anybody else think Jim might be leaving again? There’s apparently a curveball being thrown at Jim and Pam….. and also, the story lines have hinted that although Jim is happy he has Pam, he is still very unsatisfied with his job.

  21. A cast regular leaves the show? Do you think by “leaving” they mean, like what Jim did at the end of season two? We will still see this person in another location and he/she will still be part of the show…and hopefully come back later on in the season? Or do you think it means this person is leaving for good? I really can’t think of the person who’s leaving because they all play such an important part in the show. I can’t wait til Thursday!!!!

  22. Man I missed it! %@#*!! Oh well, it was still awesome reading the transcript! Thanks for posting it! :-)

  23. Jan, Ryan or both leaving would make a lot of sense, so I’m not concerned that Jim or Pam might leave.

    Jenna was cute and charming but I disagree with her defense of Pam’s changes. The show has turned Pam from an intelligent, unflashy subtly attractive woman of the early seasons into another “sitcom babe” this season.

  24. Would it be possible for Dwight to pull a Jim-move and leave b/c of Angela?

  25. they’re (NBC) probably trying to set up the spin-off show with the character who leaves.

    Does anyone else ever feel a little surreality with how the actors of the Office are so connected with their fans? I’ve been a super fan of other shows, but there was never this kind of connection.

  26. WOO! Lucky Charms! haha

    Thanks for asking my question tanster! It was a fun night! Jenna is awesome!

  27. I don’t know why, but part of me thinks Ed Helms might be leaving. Call it a gut instinct, I suppose. I’d hate to lose him though.

  28. Great prediction about the spin off #38’s absolutely I do. I’m super bummed with the departure of a regular cast member. However, I know that the writers are very aware of the fans and how important our reaction is.

    The show has been in good hands thus far and I refuse to expect anything but the best from Greg.

    Thanks for the transcript, Tanster. You do an incredible job moderating the comments!

  29. There is no better way to spend a Sunday evening than with Jenna, tanster, and fellow Tallyheads! Thank you to Jenna and tanster for a fun and informative chat!

    And I agree that there is no other show with a cast and crew like The Office – for them to take time to spend with fans and be as appreciative of us as we are of all of them is amazing.

  30. Jenna is lovely. She is like one of those famous people who seems like she could be your dental hygienist, but for some weird reason she’s in Hollywood…I’m glad she is!

  31. #35, DrunkBiking-I agree with you about Jenna’s character. I feel that her progression has been a little too quick. After all, it was the subtly attractive and smart Pam that we all fell in love with. I can understand character development; it’s only natural. But I think it’s been a little to quick for my taste.

  32. Can’t believe I missed this. Jenna is awesome. Thanks tanster for posting the transcript.

    What episode were they talking about when Andy sang to Pam? I can not remember for the life of me.

  33. Do you have to be in the credits to actually be a “regular?” I’m just wondering how wide the pool of possible people leaving actually is.

  34. Jenna is so sweet!
    I am praying that the series regular leaving has no correlation with the spin-off. I’m actually really surprised she was allowed to reveal that…maybe this means it’s actually a trivial event that sounds big.

  35. I think it’s either Ryan or Jan leaving. Since it seems somewhat obvious that the Michael/Jan storyline has hit a rough patch… if they break up, why would we need Jan?

  36. Chuck: It’s the very end of “The Convict”…Andy plays his banjo and sings Rainbow Connection in a sexy high falsetto voice.

  37. Anyone think it’s at all possible it’s Angela leaving? I mean, she is pregnant. Maybe it’s more of an actress/actor leaving than a character?

  38. i think that ryan is leaving. i think that his arc rose last season and is falling this season and then what? they are not going to get rid of andy or angela or jim or pam or dwight – all those characters have places to go and the writers can get a lot more mileage from them. my guess that b.j. is going to focus on writing and producing.

  39. I think it might be Oscar who leaves. Doesn’t he (or didn’t he) have a television show that he left The Office for during season 3? Maybe that show has been picked up.

  40. What a cool person she is. I so want to be a cast member on The Office. What a dream come true that would be.

  41. I’m so bummed I missed this! “Big Brother” was on in my time zone when Jenna was in the chat…grrr. I learned my lesson: Jenna > Big Brother

    Thanks for posting the transcript and allowing me to live vicariously through it, Tanster!

  42. I love Jenna and it’s great that she took some time to chat. She’s so down to earth.

    I think it would make sense that Ryan leaves. Notice Jenna says the person leaves Dunder Mifflin, she makes no mention of Scranton. After all DMI is going under and maybe BJ no longer wants to be on the show as much and focus on writing?

  43. oscar’s other show was halfway home on comedy central and it was canceled after the first season.

  44. please tell me it’s not jim that leaves!! anyone but him and pam.!!! someone reassure me..please.

  45. So nice of Jenna to take the time and chat with fans!! (I only wish I had’ve known about it, though. :( Hopefully there will be a “next time.”)

  46. Thanks for your great admin skills, Tanster. It was a fun chat! Thanks also for letting some yarnseller comments through!

  47. I would think it’s Angela that briefly leaves. The *real* Angela will be awfully busy this fall with a little one.

  48. Last night was all kinds of awesome! Thanks to Tanster for putting the chat together and for Jenna taking time to talk with us. The show and everyone involved are truly one in a million and that’s why they are the best in/on tv!!!

  49. Awww, I wish I could’ve been there, but seeing as the chat took place at 3am my time and I had school today, it unfortunately wasn’t possible.

    Jenna seemed really sweet though, I really enjoyed reading the transcript, thank you so much for posting it.

  50. I hope Jim doesn’t leave Dunder Mifflin! It will be weird not having him there. I already dealt with that once before I don’t want him to leave again…okay maybe im being a little selfish. I don’t want him leave….just yet…it makes me sad to say that!

  51. This was so nice of Jenna to do! All this new Office info is great.

    But I hope to God it’s not Ryan leaving. Please, please, anyone but Ryan. I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch anymore if he goes.

  52. I think Andy will leave after Angela breaks up with him and returns to her beloved Dwight!!!

  53. What a great interview! Unfortunately, I missed it. I would’ve hoped for someone to ask what her thoughts were on the new Office spin-off and perhaps if this is related to an Office character leaving Scranton.

    Thanks Jenna and Tanster! :)

  54. i think pam’s cool little fact we find out is that she has a tattoo no one knows about. and the office finds out and through the whole episode people are trying to figure out what it is. that would make for a fun time. :]

  55. I think it’s absolutely awesome the way the cast members of this show continue reaching out to the fans in such down-to-earth REAL ways. What a great chat! Thank you very much for making the transcript available!

  56. After reading the TV Guide article and John’s thoughts about how Pam has to work some things out, and Jenna’s thoughts about how she has to deal with “being 30 and still answering phones” I would say Pam’s the one leaving. Which, hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I definitely think for her fictional character’s self’s sake it needs to happen eventually.

  57. ok well i know that neither pam or michael are leaving. i will DIE if jim leaves!!!!!!!!! omg maybe it will be andy or angela. it couldn’t be dwight, right….hmmm….maybe it could ;)

  58. Is it true that whoever is leaving, that is what the spinoff show will revolve around? I want to say that I think it’s Andy … but I also read that “it’s kind of a shocker”. It gets me thinking =)

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