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Kaley Cuoco Almost Wasn't on 'The Big Bang Theory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 4th 2011 7:30PM
'The Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco seemed pretty comfortable on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), possibly because she co-starred with Kelly Ripa on the sitcom '8 Simple Rules.' After a brief bit of reminiscing, Cuoco talked about the important role that family plays in her life, and revealed that she almost didn't get the part of Penny on 'Big Bang.'

Regis asked Cuoco about her family, and her dad, who she recently took as her date to the Emmys. As it turns out, he's never missed a taping of any of the three sitcoms she's been on. "It's just the cutest thing ever," she said. Her family lives close by, and while she used to go to her folks' place for family dinners, they're now coming to her "dream house" instead. "I order in ... I don't cook anything," she joked.

Cuoco then shared that she almost didn't getting her 'Big Bang Theory' role as Penny. She screen-tested three times for creator Chuck Lorre, who twice told her she wasn't quite right for the role, and promised that they'd find something else for her. Luckily for her, and Sheldon, the third time proved to be the charm.

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Since when did Kelly Ripa co-star on '8 Simple Rules'? Was the writer thinking of Katey Sagal, or was he just confused because Kelly & Kaley both had ABC sitcoms at the same time?

October 04 2011 at 8:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Laurel's comment

Kelly Ripa definitely was not on that show. Great job, writers.

October 04 2011 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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