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Writers strike Day Four: Kaling and Scully on the scene at 20th

Mindy Kaling sure is glad that Steve Carell came down his case of “enlarged balls” when he did.

The writer/thesp from “The Office” is convinced that she, B.J. Novak and Paul Lieberstein would have quickly been relieved of their acting duties on the show if Carell had not also balked at crossing the WGA picket line.

“They’d have fired us so fast,” she said Thursday morning as she made the rounds outside of 20th Century Fox. Kaling said she and the others were heartsick at having to abandon their primetime baby just as “Office” is enjoying the strongest ratings momentum it has ever had. The gang was just about to break the Christmas seg when the strike bell rang, and we all know how funny those Dunder Mifflin holiday parties have been…

Also on the scene this a.m. at 20th: “Simpsons” vet Mike Scully, on crutches. (He’s just in the thick of man-made disasters these days, having broken his foot a week ago when he tripped on a rock while he was hosing down his backyard to keep a wildfire at bay.) But his handicap didn’t prevent him from eloquence when asked what it was that made him join the line.

“We just can’t accept the studios’ offer as it stands,” he said. “If we don’t stand up for ourselves now, it’ll lead to the dissolution of the guild and we can’t let that happen.” As far as Scully’s concerned, the solution to the digital divide is simple: Give us our royalties on a percentage basis. If there’s no business there, writers will get a percentage of little to nothing.

“All we’re asking for is our fair share,” he said, adding that he has “1000 percent faith in (WGA West prexy) Patric Verrone and the negotiating committee.”

–Cynthia Littleton

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