With the 12-year-run of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ coming to an end, the lives of the actors were bound to get affected and change. But, the one actor whose life dramatically turned upside down was Kaley Cuoco. Read on to know how Cuoco lost almost everything post ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is an American sitcom starring Jim Parsons as the legendary Sheldon Cooper, Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstader, Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Kothrapalli, and Kaley Cuoco as our beloved Penny.
- Jim Parsons brings ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to an end after 12 years
- Kaley Cuoco’s life took a turn for the worse after TBBT
- How the star redeemed herself after the life-changing loss
The show follows the life of four nerdy, socially-awkward science geniuses, joined by the free-spirited, Cheesecake Factory waitress Penny, who aspires to become an actress.
Jim Parsons brings ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to an end after 12 years
In 2007, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ premiered on CBS and, with the airing of its 12th season in 2018, it became the longest-running multi-camera comedy in the history of American TV. With every season, the show grew massively in popularity.
Jim Parsons’ mega-genius Sheldon Cooper became a household name owing to his quirky ways and sheer brilliance. In 2017, “Forbes” reported Parsons’ annual income at a whopping $27.5 million and he also has 4 Emmys in his kitty. Bazinga!
With a lot of diverse work coming his way, Parsons decided to not renew his contract for season 13 and, who are we kidding, there cannot be any ‘The Big Bang Theory’ without the annoying Sheldon Cooper. Amazingly, had he agreed to the 13th and 14th season, he would have turned down work worth $50 million.
Thus, on 22 August 2018, during a table read for an upcoming episode, Chuck Lorre broke the news of Jim Parsons leaving the show and consequently the 12th season being their last to the cast. According to “Deadline”, Parsons informed Lorre about his decision five days before the meeting, and many executives tried to change his mind, but Parsons didn’t budge.
Kaley Cuoco’s life took a turn for the worse after TBBT
All the TBBT actors’ financial lives hit an upswing, all thanks to the show being a raging hit. Since season 8, the main cast comprising Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar each earned $1 million per episode. That placed Cuoco’s name in the top 10 list of the highest-paid actors on TV in 2018. Thus, the show’s ending was a major blow on her finances.
But more than that, Cuoco was affected emotionally. In a heart-warming Instagram post she confessed how the show’s sudden end was a surprise to her, but “No matter when it was going to end, my heart would have always been broken in two”.
The actress even compared the heartache of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ coming to an end to the loss of a loved one. She cried for days over the show’s impending end, as Penny had been an integral part of her life and career for over a decade.
At the daytime show “The Talk”, Cuoco revealed, “I went through some weird ups and downs, almost like someone had died, in a weird way, like grief. I was just devastated, I couldn’t stop crying for days, and then I was really angry, and now I’m like, OK, we have many more episodes left and we’ve done such an amazing thing …”
She added, “But the show … is just very special, and it’s totally changed my life” while breaking into tears.
How the star redeemed herself after the life-changing loss
After days of mourning, Cuoco finally came out stronger. In 2019 itself, Cuoco signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, keeping her in business with the studio that produced ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Three years before TBBT ended, Cuoco had already started looking for her next project. And she found it while reading a book’s snippet on Amazon. A dark thriller dipped in comedy, ‘The Flight Attendant’ is based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. Cuoco plays the role of Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotel room with a dead man by her side.
As a first-time executive producer on the HBO limited series, Cuoco just wants to trust her instincts.
“It’s been totally career-changing for me just to see it from the beginning and kind of go with my gut on things and make my own decisions”, Cuoco said on a video conference with “The Associated Press”.
The showrunners had already filmed five of its eight episodes when production was shut down this March owing to the pandemic. But on 12 August, Cuoco announced on Instagram that she will soon be flying down to New York to finish filming the remaining episodes and wrap up by early October. Till then, may the force be with you, Kaley!
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