Chili’s Rescinds Lifetime Ban on Pam From ‘The Office’

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: NBC)

It’s got to be awkward, being a famous actor.

No matter how hard you try, people will always associate you with your role, will congratulate you for your achievements, and blame you when your character is shown in a negative light.

In the case of Jenna Fischer, this has meant feeling slightly uncomfortable around the restaurant chain Chili’s for over a decade.

Back in the early days of The Office, an episode of the hit mockumentary sitcom featured Fischer’s character, Pam Beesley, gets drunk at a branch of Chili’s Grill & Bar, only to receive a lifetime ban from the entire restaurant chain for sneaking drinks from other patrons after being refused service by bartenders.

Earlier this week, Fischer tweeted a picture of herself outside a Chili’s, contemplating whether or not she should try entering the establishment.



Someone at the restaurant chain’s head office must have seen the tweet, because not long after, a news report appeared on the Chili’s website with an official statement from the chain’s President, Kelli Valade.

Source: Brinker International

The statement reads:

“After reviewing the good conduct of Pam, I have decided to lift the now 11-year ban. Pam is an inspiration to many and we welcome her with open arms.”

This will no doubt be a source of joy to Jenna Fischer, who can now enter a Chili’s without making all the restaurant’s staff a little nervous.

That said, if she wants to convince people that her likeness is no longer banned from the premises, she might need to ask Kelli Valade for a signed affidavit.

After all, let’s face it – even among Chili’s employees, more people watch The Office than read up on the restaurant’s corporate news.

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