Jim Parsons reveals his emotional reaction to 'The Big Bang Theory' ending
Earlier this week, we found out that The Big Bang Theory was coming to an end. This was tragic news for many, and cause for celebration in others. After all, it was a pretty polarising show. Despite that, it was clearly popular enough to stay on the air so long, with a stunning eleven years clocked on our television screens (feel old yet?).
Recently, Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions released a joint statement in which they promised to bring a show to a satisfying conclusion with the upcoming twelfth season:
"We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons.
"We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show's success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close."
The show, due to its long life and massive popularity, brought plenty of fame and fortune to the stars too. It has been rumoured that members of the cast were making up to $1 million per episodes, which adds up to a tidy sum when you realise there were 24 episodes.
Kaley Cuoco took to social media to express her feelings about the show coming to an end. On her Instagram, he said:
"This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets. 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"
After this news, it was reported that the primary reason for the show coming to a close was that Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, decided that he wanted to leave the show. The studios tried to renegotiate his contract, but he had made his decision.
He has now released a full statement about the show coming to a close, in which he said:
"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. 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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
The final season of The Big Bang Theory will premiere on September 24 on CBS.