Well, here is one fact about The Big Bang Theory’s final season that might upset fans. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter on March 30, Penny’s last name will remain a mystery. That’s right, the surname of the character played by Kaley Cuoco for 12 seasons will never be revealed.
During the CBS comedy’s WonderCon panel on Saturday, March 30, executive producer Steve Molaro admitted that fans will never know Penny’s original last name. After a fan asked Molaro if Penny’s maiden name would finally be disclosed on the show, he answered, “[Eventually] we got nervous and superstitious about giving her one,” Molaro said, before adding, “It will always be [her married name] Hofstadter.”
According to E! News, executive producer Bill Prady previously said that Penny’s last name would be announced one day, but that definitely isn’t happening.
Even Cuoco admitted that she never wanted her character’s surname to be revealed. While chatting with CBS News in September 2017, Cuoco said about the one Penny detail fans have wondered about for years, “It’s kind of a personal thing. It feels like a jinx. We haven’t said it for so long. I feel like if we said it, the world will explode.” At that time, Cuoco also said that she had no idea what Penny’s maiden name was, but she had “an idea” of what she thought it could possibly be.
Despite Cuoco previously saying she wanted Penny’s last name to be kept under wraps, she said quite the opposite on CBS’ The Talk in September. Upon explaining her one wish for the series’ final season, Cuoco said, “I’d like to learn Penny’s last name.” She also said she’d like “for the elevator to be fixed.”
It’s hard to believe that after watching TBBT for 12 seasons that fans will never learn Penny’s last name prior to marrying Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki). But, at least fans now know her maiden name will never be uttered, so they certainly won’t be as disappointed as they continue to watch the final season and even more so when the series finale airs on Thursday, May 16.