'The Office's Brian Baumgartner Weighs in on Fan Theory Claiming Kevin is a Secret Genius

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Brian Baumgartner weighs in on an popular 'The Office' fan theory about Kevin Malone. | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Even though The Office has been off the air since 2013, it seems like the workplace comedy gets more and more popular with each passing year. One fan-favorite character is Kevin Malone, whose chili dropping skills will never be forgotten. Brian Baumgartner, the actor who played Kevin, has joined forces with Spotify for a limited podcast series called An Oral History of The Office. The show is set to provide tons of behind-the-scenes information about the making of the sitcom and features guest appearances from the likes of John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Steve Carell.

Baumgartner recently did an interview with Entertainment Tonight where he talked about the podcast, the development of The Office, and how many takes it took him to film the famous chili dropping scene (just one!). The actor also touched on the wildest fan theories about the series, one of which involves his character, Kevin.

"I think, truly, every time you watch it there are new things that come up. But the two craziest things that people seem obsessed about -- and I don't know if it was borne on Reddit, or what -- but one is that Kevin is actually a genius. He's been fooling everyone the whole time and embezzling money. That is not true," Baumgartner said. "That, I just... I do not know where that came from!"

You can read more about that theory here!

"The other really crazy one is, the mad obsession with who the Scranton Strangler is," Baumgartner continued, adding that he's talked about how "bizarre" it is to many people on the show. "When I do a Q&A, every single time, someone will bring up the Scranton Strangler and who the Scranton Strangler is, and it takes everything to just not say, 'I do not care.'"

Check out Baumgartner's new podcast on Spotify!