Melissa Rauch reveals which 's main character was only meant to be a guest role. One of the most successful sitcoms of all time, the nerd-centric comedy ran for 12 years until it wrapped up in 2019. could have continued considering its enduring popularity beyond that, however, Jim Parsons' decision to exit the show spelled its end.
Four years after , Rauch reveals in the that her character, Bernadette, was only meant to be a guest role, but potential was seen in the character.
In the interview, Rauch also mentions how the show changed her life following her initial outing as Bernadette. Considering the popularity of , the main cast reportedly earned $1 million per episode. That was definitely a significant leap for the actress as she was struggling with her career before landing the role saying:
I still don’t know that I fully process what that whole experience was. Right before I got cast as Bernadette, I was literally at the unemployment office the week before that job. I was just supposed to be there for the week, and then they said I was gonna do a couple of more episodes. The fact that it turned into that, I’m just so endlessly grateful.
When premiered, it only had five main characters: Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, and Raj. It wasn't until its fourth season that Bernadette and Mayim Bialik's Amy were promoted as series regulars. Following that, they became a big part of the show, eventually marrying Howard and Sheldon, respectively.
Much has been said about Amy's impact on Sheldon, but was also a significant part of Howard's development as a character. Originally depicted as sleazy and unpleasant, the Pasadena gang's resident astronaut grew to become a loyal husband and devoted father, and it all started when he met with Bernadette.
Now, Rauch has returned to the sitcom sandbox by producing and starring in NBC's revival. The reboot sequel has already scored a second season proving its initial success. However, while Rauch is doing so well in it, there's still hope that she will eventually reprise Bernadette in the future via .