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In seasons one and two of Big Bang it’s fair to say main character Leonard Hofstadter (played by Johnny Galecki) was rather unlucky in love. However, he did manage to strike a casual on/off romance with fellow scientist and violin player Leslie Winkle (Sara Gilbert). Leslie quickly became a favourite among CBS and Channel 4 viewers for their relationship, her dry wit and continual putdowns of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) but the character seemed to disappear beyond the second season. Here’s all we know about Gilbert’s exit.

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Why did Leslie Winkle leave The Big Bang Theory?

All seemed to be going swimmingly for Gilbert in the early seasons of Big Bang.

Her character Leslie played a prominent part in the sitcom behind the main cast striking up a relationship with series lead Leonard.

Reports emerged CBS had even offered the actress a new contract bumping her status up to series regular as well.

However, in a dramatic turn of events after the first two series, she only appeared in the season three finale before returning for a cameo in season nine.

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Gilbert’s exit was put down to producers not being able to create content for her character.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an inside source said

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