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Mayim Bialik Defends Herself Against Backlash for Talking About Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Mayim Bialik Hits Back at Critics Who Slammed Her for Talking About 'Private Matter' of Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Originally posted 08/26/2015 11:40AM

Mayim Bialik isn't backing down.

The Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory star took to Facebook to defend herself after receiving backlash for an interview she gave Fox 411 last week, in which she said it wasn't "trendy" to be religious in Hollywood.

"To the man who admonished me for discussing religion bc its 'supposed to be a private matter': it is private until Fox news asks you about it because you're on a TV show," she wrote on Tuesday morning. "And also, I'm Jewish. It's not just about my religion. It's my ethnic and peoplehood. It's public whether I like it or not!"

Bialik told PEOPLE on Monday that she didn't see her comments to Fox 411 as "a negative thing."

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Mayim Bialik on Her Jewish Faith Not Being 'Trendy' in Hollywood: 'I've Gotten a Lot of Negative Attention for Visiting Israel'

Mayim Bialik on Her Jewish Faith Not Being 'Trendy' in Hollywood: 'I've Gotten a Lot of Negative Attention for Visiting Israel'

Originally posted 08/24/2015 03:35PM

Mayim Bialik says it's hard to be religious in Hollywood.

"I think in general it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles," Bialik told Fox 411 in an interview published Friday.

Bialik, 39, is of the Jewish faith and opened up about some serious backlash she received after a recent trip to Israel.

"I've gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel," she said, recalling a visit to a friend in the Israel Defense Forces. "That's what amazing. … Simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, 'I've gone to Israel,' I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people [who] whether I like it or not are serving in an army."

"That reveals the truth," she continued. "It really doesn't matter what I support or believe; the fact that I'm Jewish and go there is enough – that should be alarming to most people."

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Inside the Emmy Nominations' Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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Emmy Nominations 2015: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Originally posted 07/16/2015 03:30PM

The Emmy nominations are in, which means there were some happily surprised (we're looking at you, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany) and others undoubtedly disappointed (maybe next year, Big Bang Theory?).

Here's a look at the biggest snubs and surprises of the 2015 nominations:

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From EW: Future Scientists Can Apply for a Big Bang Theory Scholarship at UCLA | The Big Bang Theory

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From EW: Future Scientists Can Apply for a Big Bang Theory Scholarship at UCLA

Originally posted 05/29/2015 12:55AM

Cast and crew have from the CBS hit have raised more than $4 million to fund the first-ever university scholarship named after a TV show

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Video: Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Jokes, 'I'm So Brave,' as She Gets Her Ear Pierced | Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Jokes, 'I'm So Brave,' as She Gets Her Ear Pierced (Video)

Originally posted 05/02/2015 01:20AM

At least she had a teddy bear to hold on to.

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Read Mayim Bialik's Heartbreaking Message About Her Late Father

Mayim Bialik's Father Has Died: Big Bang Theory Star Is Deeply Mourning Her 'Abba'

Originally posted 04/21/2015 02:15PM

Mayim Bialik's beloved father, Barry Bialik, has died.

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Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco Addresses Divorce Rumors | Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco Addresses Divorce Rumors

Originally posted 04/03/2015 10:30PM

Kaley Cuoco is taking matters into her own hands as she addresses rumors that she has split with husband Ryan Sweeting.

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The Muppet Show Reboot in the Works from Big Bang Theory Creator

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The Muppet Show Reboot in the Works from Big Bang Theory Creator

Originally posted 04/03/2015 03:40PM

The current wave of nostalgic reboots shows no signs of stopping.

The latest beloved series fans could get the chance to revisit? The Muppet Show, which has a remake in the works at ABC, PEOPLE can confirm.

As first reported by TVLine, The Big Bang Theory's executive producer Bill Prady will co-write and executive produce the project, tentatively titled Muppets 2015, and a pilot presentation will take place next month.

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How Jim Parsons Has Been Getting on Rihanna's Nerves (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/17/2015 08:00AM

There aren't many people in the world who get the pleasure to consistently annoy Rihanna and get away with it.

Jim Parsons is one of those people. The Big Bang Theory star was a guest on Monday's The Tonight Show, where he explained to Jimmy Fallon how he's been getting on Rihanna's nerves while the pair are promoting their new movie Home.

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PHOTOS: Big Bang Theory Star Jim Parsons Meets His Wax Figure

UpdatePosted 03/16/2015 07:35PM

PHOTOS: Big Bang Theory Star Jim Parsons Meets His Wax Figure

Originally posted 03/16/2015 05:40PM

Sheldon Cooper would approve.

The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons unveiled his brand new wax figure for Madame Tussauds Orlando on Friday. The figure will be shipped – carefully! – to Florida for the attraction's grand opening on May 4.

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