With the series finale of The Big Bang Theory just six weeks away, our minds are reeling with every unanswered question from the past 12 seasons. However, if you’ve been wondering about Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) last name (besides the one she married into, Hofstadter), don’t hold your breath.
Over the weekend, executive producer Steve Molaro appeared on the Wondercon panel, where he confirmed the character will remain surname-less. “We got nervous and superstitious about giving her [a last name],” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It will always be Hofstadter.”
The announcement might surprise some fans, since BBT executive producer Bill Prady previously revealed that we’d find out eventually.
Even Cuoco spoke out about her character’s mysterious past in an interview with CBS News in 2017. The 33-year-old actress revealed that she created her own “idea” in her head of what Penny’s last name should be.