Kaley Cuoco reveals The Big Bang Theory finale will be shot without an audience because it's too emotional
In August last year, fans of The Big Bang Theory discovered that the show was coming to an end. After the currently-airing season twelve, the cast and crew will move on to some new projects, leaving behind over 250 episodes behind them.
By time the final episode airs in May this year, the show will take the top spot as the longest-running multi-camera comedy series in television history.
"We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons," a joint statement from the creators read at the time. "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."
Sheldon actor Jim Parsons was rumoured to have been offered $50 million for two more seasons of the popular show, but chose to call it a day. Without him, it looks like they saw it was time to bring it all to a close.
Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the show, took to her Instagram account following the news back in 2018, sharing a heartfelt goodbye to the fans:
"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"
Now, there's just six episodes to go before we say goodbye to Penny, Leonard, Sheldon, and Amy in the final eoisode. For those watching from home, it may seem like the usual set-up, but it's a little different for the actors this time around.
Speaking to E! News recently, Cuoco revealed that they're going to pre-record the finale without a studio audience, because they know when the live audience is eventually brought in, it may be too much for them to do it right.
"We’re actually going to pre-shoot the whole thing, so we’ll have shot it, and then we will have an audience taping. That was probably because they knew I’d be crying the entire time.
"So we still want the audience experience…so we’re gonna still do the audience, but we will have taped it and shot it beforehand, so if the tears come unexpectedly, then that’s just what’s going to happen, because I guarantee you it’s going to happen."
"I'm glad we're going out with a bang. I hate saying that, but it's kinda true," the 33-year-old actress said in the same interview. "We wanted to go out on top."
The next episode of the hit sitcom will air on April 4, while the hour-long finale will air on May 16.