Kaley Cuoco feared telling Big Bang Theory creator about leg horror

Kaley Cuoco has recalled once being injured so severely by a horse that she came close to losing her leg – and was afraid to tell her boss at The Big Bang Theory.

In 2007, the actor made her debut as Penny on the sitcom, achieving worldwide fame for a role that she played for more than a decade.

However, back when she had first started playing the part, she was involved in a ‘really serious’ accident, and she was hesitant to inform the show’s creator as she was told that she may not be able to walk for several months.

The 37-year-old was 22 at the time, when she fell off a horse and then the animal stepped on her.

‘It was a very bad accident,’ she told Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett while making an appearance on their SmartLess podcast. ‘It was really serious’.

She explained that while the fall itself ‘wasn’t a big deal’, the horse stepping on her is what caused the injury, as she recalled hearing ‘all the cracking’, initially mistaking the sound for rustling leaves.

When she was seen in hospital, Kaley shared that she had to sign papers effectively agreeing that she wouldn’t sue if amputation of her leg was required during the surgery.

When The Flight Attendant star woke up from the procedure, her first course of action was checking to see if she still had her leg, which she did.

Despite doctors thinking that it could take up to three months for her to walk again as she recovered, Kaley ended up being able to walk in a boot within a week.

She was then able to return to work on The Big Bang Theory within a mere couple of weeks.

‘It was miraculous,’ she stated, adding that she has ‘some good scars’ and a few pins in her leg.

Kaley is well-known for her love of animals, offering to buy a horse that was punched by a coach at the Olympics in 2021.

‘This rider and her “trainer” are a disgrace. I’ll buy that horse outright and show it the life it should have. Name your price,’ she said at the time.

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Channel 4, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

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