The creators of the hit CBS sitcom knew they had to end the show once Jim Parsons expressed his desire to leave.
While The Big Bang Theory concluded with an emotional finale on May 16, 2019, the old episodes of the iconic comedy are still enjoyed by millions of viewers.
With the wild popularity of the series — the sitcom capped season 12 as the most viewed entertainment program on all network television — it is impossible to believe the Emmy-winning series would unexpectedly finish.
The answer? Interestingly, Jim Parsons, who stars as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, opted not to extend his deal.
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Although The Hollywood Reporter claims CBS and Warner Bros. producers were discussing a potential 13th season, Jim was unwilling to continue.
“It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after [season] 12 was up,” Jim told the publication back in May 2019.
“I don’t know if it’s because I’m an Aries or just because maybe I’m in touch with myself. Whatever it is, once I had that thought, I was like, ‘Well, that’s your answer.'”
Although further illustrating his argument to Entertainment Weekly, Jim made it known it will be hard to say farewell to his co-stars Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler), Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz), Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali), and Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz).
“There is no negative reason to stop doing Big Bang. It felt like we have been able to do this for so many years now, it doesn’t feel like there is anything left on the table,” he explained. “Not that we couldn’t keep doing it, but it feels like we’ve chewed all the meat off this bone.”
When he learned that Jim was leaving, co-creator Chuck Lorre realized The Big Bang Theory simply could not go on without Sheldon.
“I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of going on without the whole ensemble — and the whole ensemble is why we succeeded,” Chuck said to THR.