B.J. Novak Confirms James Gandolfini was Offered a Role on The Office: ‘He Was Shy and Intrigued’

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B.J. Novak has confirmed reports that James Gandolfini was offered a role on The Office. 

Earlier this year, it was reported that HBO paid Gandolfini $3 million to turn down the role of Steve Carell’s replacement on The Office. 

Novak addressed the rumor on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, after an audience member asked him how he would have handled “Tony Soprano being your boss.”

“I was at the meeting with James Gandolfini where we tried to convince him to join the show, and he was a big fan,” Novak revealed. “His favorite movie was
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