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Why Bob Newhart Said Yes To 'The Big Bang Theory'

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Actor Bob Newhart attends The Paley Center for Media's honoring of his 50th anniversary in s
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Actor Bob Newhart attends The Paley Center for Media's honoring of his 50th anniversary in show business on October 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Bob Newhart, 83, often turns down requests to guest star on sitcoms, so kudos to CBS's The Big Bang Theory for landing him on its May 2 episode. Exec producer Chuck Lorre asked him what it would take to do one of his shows and, Newhart says, "I specified Big Bang because of the writing and the live audience."

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