NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Simon Helberg came close to passing on The Big Bang Theory.
"I have great instincts. Like the instincts of a squirrel. You know, when you're driving and the squirrel just stops in the middle of the road? That was [my instinct]," Helberg joked.
"I was doing a show called Studio 60 that was great ... but people weren't watching it," he explained. "[When I heard about Big Bang] I said, 'I don't want to play nerds anymore ... so I'll pass on the nerd show.' I got convinced to go in and I think I made a good choice."
The Big Bang Theory, which averaged 20 million viewers in Season 9, is widely cited as the most popular comedy on television. The series will return for a 10th season Sept. 19 but has yet to be renewed for further seasons.
"We're having a great time doing the show, so I think we'll keep going if people will have us," Helberg said in response to rumors of sitcom ending.