The Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons said that reports of the show's cast going on strike were exaggerated.

Filming for the new season of the hugely successful sitcom was delayed as Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco negotiated and ultimately signed new deals, believed to be worth a cool million dollars an episode.

Parsons, who plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, told Entertainment Weekly: "When it wasn't, it certainly wasn't a good feeling. But there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back."

The actor denied that there had been a walkout, saying: "You see the word 'strike' - 'They're walking out!' - but there was nothing to walk out from.

"That's always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what's really going on. 'Don't worry, we're not leaving, we want to do the show.'"

Parsons also spoke about his Emmy nominations - one for playing Sheldon and the other for his role as Tommy Boatwright in HBO's The Normal Heart.

"To be nominated again for Big Bang is at least as touching to me, if not more so now than it was the first time. I'm only human and therefore there's a part of me that's waiting for people to say, 'Enough of you!'"

Tomorrow (Monday) Seth Meyers hosts the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will be screened on Sky Living on Tuesday.