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A Longtime The Office Mystery Has Been Solved

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After 13 years, it has finally been revealed that Tennis star Andy Roddick was the sperm donor that Jan Levinson used to get pregnant on The Office.

As reported by EW, Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly) and Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) shared this behind-the-scenes story on their Office Ladies podcast while discussing the season four finale “Goodbye Toby.”

Screenshot_2021-05-08 The Office - Peacock Image Credit: The Office via Peacock

In the original script for the episode, Kinsey explained how this cut scene would have played out and how Jan would have told Michael Scott that Roddick was the sperm donor and father of Astrid Levinson.

“The tennis player?” Michael asked.

“Well, it’s a little more than that. He’s the sixth-ranked player in the world and he’s won four grand slams,” Jan responds.

‘That’s a lot of grand slams, I guess,” says Michael.

Jan then continues to tell him that “he’s a humanitarian — something with orphans.”

Michael and Jan would have sat in silence for a moment, and then Michael would ask, “can I just sit here for a minute without more things coming into my head?”

The scene unfortunately did not make it past the editing room, and this bit of The Office lore had been hidden away since the episode aired in 2008.

Fischer continued by saying that Roddick was a good friend of Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) and would frequently visit the set during filming.

“I have to imagine that the reason they wrote it as being Andy Roddick’s sperm was a little bit of a nod to Andy, who has an amazing sense of humor. I am so sad for his sake that this did not stay in the episode,” Fischer said.

For more on The Office, which was reportedly 2020’s most streamed show, check out our ranking of the top 25 The Office episodes and a never-before-seen cold open that was unveiled on Peacock.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.



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