The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco defends 'nuts and unheard of' $1m per episode pay on sitcom amid fresh backlash

THE Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has spoken about her ‘nuts’ pay packet and time on the sitcom.

The star was thought to have been paid $1million (£770,000) per episode – matching co-stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg.

The 34-year-old star told the Los Angeles Times: "That experience — the cast, the amount of time spent together, the pay, the ratings — like, it was nuts, it was unheard of.

"That was so special and will be a part of my heart for the rest of my life.

"Nothing will ever compare to that and I think knowing that helps me separate that from what I’m doing now, which is so different and new."

The star admitted to being a little apprehensive about her new role in The Flight Attendant.

Cuoco plays the lead in the forthcoming production based on the popular book by Chris Bohjalian.

The plot sees flight attendant and party girl Cassie’s life turned upside down when she wakes up next to a dead body. 

As well as starring in the show, Cuoco is executive producer for the thriller about flight attendant who wakes in her Dubai hotel room hungover from the night before – with a dead body beside her.

She said: "I’m a little bit nervous, because, obviously, how can I not be a little bit nervous?"

"People have seen me in a certain way for a very long time, but I’m thrilled for people to see this.

"I mean, we finished this thing in the middle of a pandemic.

"That alone deserves a cheers right there."

The upbeat actress shared her views on how well the new series would go down with viewers.

She continued: "Some people are gonna love it, some people are gonna hate it — like, I know that’s gonna happen.

"My whole career has prepared me for that. But I love TV, I grew up on TV.

"And I can go to bed knowing I made the best show possible and that thrills me.”

The Big Bang racked up 52 Emmy nominations over the years, converting ten into wins.

Parsons was reportedly offered £30 million ($50 million) to remain on the show for a 13th and 14th season.

It ranks as the longest-running, multi-camera series in TV history, with a record-breaking 279 episodes.

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