Mindy Kaling Explains Her McDonald’s Obsession on Conan

03/20/2015 at 11:11 AM ET


Yet again, Mindy Kaling proves she’s a girl after our own Shamrock-shake loving hearts.

Earlier this month, The Mindy Project star surprised her show’s cast, crew, and writers with an extravagant spread of McDonald’s fare, including such luxe essentials as chicken McNuggets, Happy Meals and Shamrock Shakes (the cult-favorite, seasonal mint milkshake).

Oh, and the love is mutual. Last year, McDonald’s tweeted at the star an adorable birthday message:

Which is why Conan O’Brien posed some serious questions for Kaling about her fast-food allegiances last night on Conan.

“You Tweet a lot about McDonald’s. To The point where I think you’re on their payroll…are you in McDonald’s pocket?” O’Brien asked.

Kaling shot down O’Brien’s suspicions, admitting that fast-food makes sense for her long hours (and her impatience.) Plus, she loves that McDonald’s offer healthy options like salads and apple slices—not that she eats them. “I like seeing them,” she says. “Then, I’m like, ‘I’ll have a quarter pounder please.'”

Kaling suspects her obsession with the chain—she eats there about twice a week—comes from her overly healthy upbringing, during which she was denied such delicacies as McNuggets.

“I’m an adult,” Kaling said of her fast-food lifestyle. “I don’t have to live until I’m 80.”

—Maria Yagoda

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Kairy Salazar on

I love Mindy!

really on

Don’t know who she is but I love her now! McDonalds is the BOMB!

Just Sayin' on

McD’s is gross

Anonymous on

By eating McDonald’s twice a week, you won’t live to be 80 either!

Marie on

She should think about changing her diet. If she could eat healthy 6 days a week, she could treat herself to McDonalds once a week instead. Being healthy is not about never eating anything tasty again, it’s about eating mostly healthy and have the so-called “cheat days”. She’s a pretty girl, but her skin shows signs of her poor diet.

arabrabbra on

POISON! But I love Mindy so do you gurl!

Tara on

glad she admits to eating unlike other people who insist they survive on lettuce and tomato juice

FelicityJune on

she doesn’t look like she was brought up with a healthy eating style!

yeah right on

I am totally shocked that her show is still on tv…I thought it wouldn’t last a single season. Just like new girl….both are horrible shows!

Lola on

Come on, people. “Twice a week” is not as bad as “three/four times a day every week.”

Chelza on

Um, mc’d’s = super GROSS 💩
PS- SHE nasteeeee gross too! 👹

TruthTeller on

She didn’t “shoot down” Conan’s suspicions. She all but confirmed them, by deflecting and then launching into praising McDonald’s like a paid spokeswoman, which she is.

It’s called “stealth marketing,” and a lot of lower-tier celebrities do it.

Conan calling out Kaling on it apparently touched a nerve, as she neglected to Tweet about her appearance on his show. And Mindy Kaling tweets about every bit of publicity she gets.

Mindy Kaling — who claims she’s about telling her young, female fans to have positive body images, no matter what they look like — is being secretly paid my McDonald’s to sell those young women a diet of sugar, salt, and fat.

What does that say about her? What kind of a person would do something like that?

Comment Maker on

No way are McD’s salads healthy when I think they have more calories and fat than a burger from there.

That being said, I still partake sometimes in food from there. Trying to cut back because of the craptastic way they make their food and how they treat their employees.

But I think their shakes changed flavors. I can’t explain why but the Shamrock, Artic Orange and Eggnog shakes of my youth in the early 90s tasted a lot different than the shakes of today. I don’t know if the shakes were premixed when I was a kid and now they mix each one as it’s ordered with a flavor gel that doesn’t quite mix all the way. But they taste different and they were better when I was younger. And the sizes. Not saying we should be eating huge servings but I think a large shake of 2015 was probably a medium size in the early 90s and now it costs more for a smaller size. ….but they can’t pay their employees a proper wage. Give me a break.

Jessica R. on

Kaling Step 1: Never stop promoting that fat, young women should be proud of their bodies.

Kaling Step 2: Become a stealth marketer for a company that sells a diet of sugar, salt, and fat.

Kaling Step 3: When Conan calls you out on it, deflect and lie.

rhughsirius on

What TV needs: More fat Indian girls. Bollywood Butter.

Man For Mindy on

I too love Mindy! Follow the real life quest to find her love here:
http://manformindy.blogspot.com/2015/03/ice-cream-castles-in-air-one-single-gal.html

Noma Dean on

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