Why, Sheldon? WHY?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros. Television and CBS made the difficult decision to conclude The Big Bang Theory after Season 12 because Jim Parsons wanted to leave. Inarguably the biggest star of the series, Parsons is earning almost a million dollars per episode — along with costars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg. If Parsons had agreed to stay for another two years on the sitcom, he would have earned more than $50 million. Despite extensive negotiations, CBS ultimately failed to convince Parsons to prolong his time on TBBT.
We all know there is no show without Sheldon Cooper, so it makes sense for the series to end this season. Although TBBT boasts an impressive ensemble cast, it made Parsons a household name and earned him four Emmys and a Golden Globe. It also lead to a voiceover role for the actor and a producing credit on the spinoff, Young Sheldon. A 12-year stint on network TV is no joke. Clearly, Parsons deserves the chance to explore other opportunities outside of TBBT.
After tying the knot with Amy in the Season 11 finale, Sheldon has evolved into the best version of himself. His story, along with the rest of the characters, has truly come to an end. Now feels like the right time to bid adieu to the crazy, hilarious weirdos on TBBT. They’ve brought a lot of laughter into the world, and they deserve to go out with the ultimate bang.
In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions stated: "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."
Earlier today, Parsons took to Instagram to express his thoughts on the whole matter.
When the sitcom wraps up, it’ll become the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history! Now that's certainly something to celebrate.
The final season of TBBT will premiere on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on CBS and will then move to its regular time slot on Thursday, September 27 at 8/7c on CBS.
Are you surprised by Parsons's decision to leave? Do you want more of TBBT or do you think this is the perfect time for the series to end? Hit the comments to dish and discuss all your unfiltered commentary.