THE Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik has let slip she nearly left the hit sitcom – as her much-loved character was initially only a "guest role".
The TV star, 45, plays geeky Amy Farrah Fowler and arrived on the set of the US comedy in 2010, in the season three finale.
Yet, in news which might be a shock to some loyal Big Bang Theory fans, the character of Sheldon Cooper's eventual girlfriend was only ever meant as a guest spot, possibly recurring role."
The couples relationship was also shrouded in secrecy, with Mayim and Jim Parsons in the dark about what their on-screen future would hold.
Mayim told PeopleTV, she took on the advertised part-time role purely to pay her bills.
She said: "It is true that after I got my doctorate I had an infant and a toddler and I was running out of health insurance.
"I had been teaching neuroscience for about five years after getting my degree, and I figured if I could just get a job here or there I would be able to get health insurance.
"And I had never seen The Big Bang Theory, I didn't know what it was.
"It was a guest spot, possible recurring role, and that's how I ended up auditioning. Then it led to this."
In season four of The Big Bang Theory, Amy was hailed as Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons' "friend that's a girl, but not a girlfriend."
And the Call Me Kat star added she wasn't sure how long their non-sexual relationship would last.
The San Diego native told the same publication: "I think Jim and I both didn't know where this relationship would go.
"There was a lot to us not being a sexually active couple but still being romantically and intimately interconnected in so many ways.
"I would say it's probably the longest-running non-sexual relationship on television, at least that I know of!"
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