The cast of The Big Bang Theory is as sad as fans are that the show’s ending. Except, perhaps, for Jim Parsons?
Entertainment Weekly reports that Parsons was the one who wanted to leave, prompting CBS,Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions to announce the conclusion of the show (after 12 seasons and 279 episodes, a record for a multi-cam comedy) in May of 2019.
Parsons won four Emmys and one Golden Globe for his role. Parsons and original stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar reportedly earn nearly $1 million an episode. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch joined the show and reportedly make a bit less.
Cuoco was one of the first to speak out on the show’s ending.
“This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets,” Cuoco wrote on Instagram. “No matter when it was going to end, my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet. To the fans, our crew, families, Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers , CBS, and everyone who has supported us for so many years, thank you. We are goin out with a bang.”
Jim Parsons expressed nothing but gratitude in his first statement since The Big Bang Theory’s ending was announced.
The 45-year-old actor posted a photo of himself with his castmates on Thursday, August 23, along with a lengthy response after a report claimed he did not want to return for another season of the hit sitcom, leading to its end. “It is hard (nearly impossible, actually) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the final 24 episodes we will shoot for The Big Bang Theory,” he wrote. “I feel very fortunate that we have another 23 episodes to shoot this season because I am hopeful that with each and every one, my level of REALLY accepting this fact will sink in.”
He continued: “Something else I feel grateful for – and this gratitude needs no time to ‘sink in’ or become more ‘realized;’ this grateful feeling is always with me but is multiplied in this moment of us announcing our final season – but I feel such intense gratitude for our devoted viewers who are the ACTUAL reason we have been graced with the opportunity to explore these characters for 12 years of our lives.”
Parsons went on to thank the crew and writers of the series before giving a special shout-out to the cast. “And while I know that they already know it, it bears repeating again and again: I am so terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here – whether they were in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become a part of my life on set and off.”
He added: “You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand. I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”
Entertainment Weekly reported on Wednesday, August 22, that CBS attempted to negotiate a deal in which Parsons would stay on The Big Bang Theory for two more years, but he chose to leave.
The final season of The Big Bang Theory premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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