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Kaley Cuoco has emotional reaction to ‘Big Bang Theory’ series finale date

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The end is near! The series finale of The Big Bang Theory is still two months away, but the cast is already getting emotional.

After news broke that the season 12 finale — and final episode — of the CBS series will air on Thursday, May 16, Kaley Cuoco took to her Instagram Story.

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“I’m not crying you’re crying,” the 33-year-old actress wrote alongside the episode announcement on Monday, March 11.

Johnny Galecki, meanwhile, shared a collage of photos of the cast.

“273 episodes filmed. 26 days left on the Big Bang stage. 6 episodes to be filmed. 66 days until the 1 hour finale airs,” the Roseanne alum, 43, wrote via Instagram. “All VERY surreal. Much ❤ to all the fans. @bigbangtheory_cbs @therealjimparsons @kaleycuoco #simonhelberg @kunalkarmanayyar @themelissarauch @missmayim.”

Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialikalso posted the series finale poster on their respective Instagram Stories.

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Kaley Cuoco Salary: $1 Million Per Episode

On “The Big Bang Theory,” Kaley Cuoco is Penny Hofstadter, wife of Leonard. Currently a pharmaceutical sales rep, Penny moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, but never got her career in show business off the ground.

Cuoco is one of the highest-paid actresses on television, behind only Sophia Vergara of “Modern Family,” reported Forbes. Cuoco has a net worth of $45 million. Since season eight, she has earned $1 million per episode of “The Big Bang Theory” to play Penny, a leap from her previous salary of $350,000, reported Deadline.com. Additionally, her work on the show has earned her a Critics’ Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Unlike Penny, Cuoco found success in acting at a young age. At present, she has nearly five dozen acting credits to her name, dating back to the 1992 TV movie “Quicksand: No Escape.” Some of her most noteworthy roles include playing Bridget Hennessy on the series “8 Simple Rules” and starring as Gretchen Palmer in “The Wedding Ringer.”

Jim Parsons Salary: $1 Million Per Episode

Jim Parsons is Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.” A theoretical physicist who enrolled in college at the age of 11, Sheldon finds himself to be the perfect human, but his seriously eccentric personality makes him a bit difficult for others to handle. In the Oct. 10 episode of season 10, Sheldon finally decides to move in with long-time girlfriend Amy.

Playing the role of Sheldon has proven incredibly lucrative for Parsons, as he’s been banking $1 million per episode since season eight. His current salary is nearly three times the $350,000 he was earning prior to his contract negotiation, bringing his net worth to $70 million. Beyond monetary gains from the show, he also won a Golden Globe and four Primetime Emmys for his work on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Sheldon is the biggest role Parsons has ever played, but it’s certainly not the only one. He previously appeared on the series “Judging Amy,” lent his voice for Oh in the animated film “Home” and appeared in “Wish I Was Here,” among other projects.

Johnny Galecki Salary: $1 Million Per Episode

Penny’s husband, Dr. Leonard Hofstadter is played by Johnny Galecki. Best friend and former roommate of Sheldon, Leonard is a bit less socially awkward than the rest of his geeky pals and constantly finds himself stuck explaining Sheldon’s peculiar behavior.

Galecki earns $1 million per episode for his work as Leonard on “The Big Bang Theory.” Along with Cuoco and Parsons, he renegotiated his salary to its current rate from $350,000 prior to season eight. In total, Galecki’s net worth is $50 million.

Since starting his career as a child actor in 1987, Galecki has achieved major success. Besides “The Big Bang Theory,” he’s best known for his long-time role as David Healy on the series “Roseanne.” He also starred as Rusty in the cult classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and the horror film “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Simon Helberg Salary: $750,000 Per Episode

Howard Wolowitz is played by Simon Helberg. Prior to settling down with his now-wife Bernadette Rostenkowski, the aerospace engineer considered himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Until she passed away in season eight, Howard had a seriously overbearing mother who tried to control him.

Helberg’s net worth is $45 million, and he earns around $750,000 per episode of the CBS sitcom, reported Deadline. In addition to serious monetary gains, he also won a Critics’ Choice Award for his portrayal of Howard and has received numerous Screen Actors Guild Award nods.

Beyond his work on “The Big Bang Theory,” Helberg recently starred in the film “Florence Foster Jenkins.” He also has a recurring role voicing the character Bian Zao on the series “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” and appeared in the films “Van Wilder: Party Liaison” and “Old School.”

Kunal Nayyar Salary: $750,000 Per Episode

Better known as “Raj,” Kunal Nayyar is Dr. Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali on “The Big Bang Theory.” For the first six seasons of the show, the astrophysicist suffered from the social anxiety disorder selective mutism, which made it impossible for him to talk to women he wasn’t related to.

Nayyar is paid a salary of about $750,000 per episode to play Raj, which has brought the actor’s net worth to $45 million. “The Big Bang Theory” has proven to be a lucky break for the actor — he picked up the role just a few years into his career.

Lately, Nayyar has been keeping a busy schedule. In addition to his obligations for “The Big Bang Theory,” he’s been lending his voice to a number of animated roles, including Vijay Patel on the television series “Sanjay and Craig” and Dr. Pakij on “Fantasy Hospital” — in addition to Guy Diamond in the movie “Trolls.” Previously, he’s guest-starred on “The Mindy Project,” “Sullivan & Son” and “NCIS.”

Mayim Bialik Salary: $100,000 Per Episode

On “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik is Dr. Amy Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend. A Harvard-educated neurobiologist, Fowler met Sheldon in the season three finale and has been dating him on-and-off ever since.

Bialik’s net worth is $12 million and she reportedly earns $100,000 per episode for playing the part of Amy, according to numerous media outlets. Earlier this year, the actress told the NY Daily News that she, Cuoco and other cast members were overpaid.

A seasoned actress, Bialik has been recognized with a Critics’ Choice Award and four Primetime Emmy nods for her work on “The Big Bang Theory.” She starred as Blossom Russo on the hit ’90s show “Blossom.” She’s also appeared on a number of television shows, including “7th Heaven,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”




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The Big Bang Theory, which also stars Jim Parsons, Simon Helbergand Melissa Rauch, has aired on CBS since 2007. The cast opened up about filming the last season of the long-running sitcom during a group appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January.

“The crew, all the camera guys and everyone came out and they were like, ‘We’re so glad you cried, because we’ve been waiting to cry,’” Cuoco told Ellen DeGeneres, referring to her onset breakdown while rehearing a scene with Galecki. “And then they all gave us this huge group hug and we all just cried for like 10 minutes.”

Parsons, for his part, told the host that he hadn’t cried about the end of the series — yet.

“I have a very deep fear — seriously — that the most unexpected thing is going to happen, I’m going to absolutely lose my s—t,” the Young Sheldon voice actor revealed. “’Cause it really is profound, the amount of time of your life, and it’s, like, more than, I think, any of us can get a grip on and I’m worried something is going to trigger me, like, deep down something is going to be like, ‘Oh! I didn’t know that was there! That hurts.’”

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Kaley Cuoco during ABC 2002 Summer Press Tour All – Star Party at Tournament House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

MALIBU, CA – OCTOBER 12: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the Style by the Shore fashion show hosted by clothing designer David Park at Malibu Beach on October 12, 2002 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

Kaley Cuoco during ‘Bringing Down the House’ Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

Kaley Cuoco of ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter’ (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Kaley Cuoco during 2003 Teen Choice Awards – Arrivals at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

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LOS ANGELES – JUNE 2: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives for the Premiere The New Power awards at Forbidden City June 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Kaley Cuoco during 2004 ABC All Star Party at C2 CafZ in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 12: Kaley Cuoco attends Nautica and Details Magazine Celebrate the April Issue of Details and NEXT BIG THINGS… at Roosevelt Hotel on April 12, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Kaley Cuoco during 2006 General Motors Annual ten Celebrity Fashion Show – Arrivals at 1540 Vine Street in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 19: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the ‘CBS Summer Press Tour – Stars Party 2007’ at the Wadsworth Theatre on July 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the ‘Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood 2007- Arrivals’ at Opera on September 26, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the CBS monday night season premieres held at Area in West Hollywood, California on September 19th, 2007. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS – MAY 18: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 29: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends The 22nd Annual Genesis Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 29, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 28: Kaley Cuoco attends 23rd Annual Genesis Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 28, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – APRIL 05: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film pre-Emmy party held at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 06: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 2010 People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 29: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends Gen Art’s 12th annual ‘Fresh Faces In Fashion’ at Petersen Automotive Museum on October 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 18:Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 18th Annual ”A Night At Sardi’s” Fundraiser And Awards Dinner held a the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ an evening with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ on February 18, 2010 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 27: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy Party at the ‘Restaurant’ at the Sunset Marquis Hotel on August 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 28: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Installation Luncheon held at The Four Seasons Hotel on July 28, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 05: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 16: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the world premiere of the live action/CG -animated comedy ‘Hop’ held at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – AUGUST 07: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 10: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 10th Annual InStyle Summer Soiree held at The London Hotel on August 10, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 11: Host Kaley Cuoco arrives at the People’s Choice Awards 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 01: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 21st Annual Hall of Fame gala held at Beverly Hills Hotel on March 1, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 13: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Press Room during Comic-Con International 2012 held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 13, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 15: Actor Kaley Cuoco attends the 2013 People’s Choice Awards nomination announcements at The Paley Center for Media on November 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 09: Actor Kaley Cuoco attends the 2013 People’s Choice Awards Press Room held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: Actor Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 10: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the BTJA Critics’ Choice Television Award held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA – OCTOBER 05: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 5, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 27: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the Amanda Foundation’s annual ‘Bow Wow Beverly Hills’ Halloween event at Rodeo Two on October 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 18: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 12: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 20: Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting attends the 2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEL AIR, CA – OCTOBER 22: Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting attends the ASPCA Compassion Awards on October 22, 2014 in Bel Air, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – DECEMBER 18: Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting attends the PEOPLE Magazine Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/PMA2014/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 06: Actress Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting attends the world premiere of ‘The Wedding Ringer’ at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 28: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 21: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends The Beverly Hilton celebrates 60 years with a diamond anniversary party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 21, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 5: Kaley Cuoco attends the Fallout 4 video game launch event in downtown Los Angeles on November 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

CULVER CITY, CA – JANUARY 09: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends Art of Elysium’s 9th annual Heaven Gala at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 20: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends ‘The Big Bang Theory’ 200th episode celebration at Vibiana on February 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 09: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association’s ‘A Night At Sardi’s’ at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 16: Actress Kaley Cuoco arrives at The Paley Center For Media’s 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles presentation of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ at the Dolby Theatre on March 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – AUGUST 30: Kaley Cuoco visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 30, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

LONG BEACH, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Kaley Cuoco arrives at the Longines Masters Los Angeles – Gala at Long Beach Convention Center on September 29, 2016 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 13: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends Fergie, First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland & Barneys New York Host Dinner to Welcome Cindi Leive & Glamour’s 2016 Women of the Year to the West Coast on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Glamour)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 11: Actress Kaley Cuoco attends the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)




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