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People Wanted Jim Parsons to Pass the Phone to Tom Hanks at a Telethon (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2011 3:42AM
Jim Parsons, 'Late Show with David Letterman'TV fans love Jim Parsons as brainiac lunatic Sheldon Cooper on 'The Big Bang Theory.' He's received multiple awards for his portrayal, which means his peers and critics appreciate him as well.

But does that make him a big star? Apparently not big enough for some people, according to what he said on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

It was while working on telethons that Parsons realized he wasn't perhaps as big of a deal as some of the other guests. When Letterman asked, "Do [the callers] want to talk to you?" Parsons said, "A lot of them do," but not all of them.

When David Letterman brought out a photo of a recent telethon, Parsons gave a specific example of being passed over by donors calling in. In the shot, Parsons was in the front row. Near him on his right side was Tom Hanks. He told Letterman he was then getting callers saying, "Can you pass the phone to Tom?"

See, that's people watching the telethon at home and seeing both Parsons and Hanks. Once they reach Parsons they decide they want to trade up to the guy next to him. Come on, now! Were you going to want "Tom" to pass it to Betty White next? Jim Parsons is a perfectly fine celebrity and you're lucky to be talking to him!

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