Despite the fan reaction, Blunt called Jenna Fischer —who played Pam on the NBC workplace comedy — "one of our dearest friends"
"Do you know how many people still yell out, 'I wish you were with Pam!' like when I'm walking next to him?" Blunt, 40, shared. "'Where's Pam?' I'm like, 'She's not here!'"
When asked if she had met Fischer, she responded, "She's the best. She's one of our dearest friends. We love Jenna."
"People don't know how John and I are not a couple in real life," Fischer told host Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin Malone on the series, at the time. "They don't understand it."
Throughout the nine seasons of The Office, Jim and Pam flirted, dated, broke up, made up, got married, had two children and ultimately moved from Scranton to Austin, Texas.
"I don't know how to explain it, because it's a little bit like telling kids there's no Santa," she added.
Fischer explained that she feels like she has to "justify" why she and Krasinski aren't "actually in love."
The actress previously discussed her on-screen chemistry with Krasinski on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
"Oh, John and I have real chemistry," she shared. "There's like a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that's Jim, and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another."
However, Krasinski clarified that his former costar’s words were misconstrued.
“I think that was wildly misquoted or taken out of context,” Krasinski told The Daily Beast at the time.
“I’m sure she was trying to say something nice about how genuine the acting relationship was, of bringing a relationship that became that popular onscreen – and I think we both feel it’s such an honor to be a part of that relationship.”
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