Jim Parsons’ decision to call it quits on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ left everyone in the show’s ensemble cast upset. Kaley Cuoco even said that the news left her “drowning in tears”.
In just two weeks, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ producers went from announcing two new seasons to abruptly informing viewers that the show would come to an end.
- Why Jim Parsons decided to abandon The Big Bang Theory.
- What the two new seasons could have explored
- Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast have moved on to a big bangin’ future
So, what was the real reason behind Jim Parsons’ decision to call it quits on a sitcom series that was so successful? And why did the producers not go ahead with season 13 without Sheldon Cooper? Let us give you a penny for your thoughts!
Why Jim Parsons decided to abandon The Big Bang Theory
When asked about how he knew he was ready to say goodbye to the show, in an interview with “Entertainment Weekly”, Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon Cooper) sure had some words to share.
“I guess, at a personal level, it feels like the right time in my life. I don’t know what’s next for me. It’s not like there is something specific I am aiming for. I’m firmly in my middle age now. I don’t know how much longer I can wear [the T-shirts] without looking really long in the tooth”, said the Sheldon Cooper star.
Co-creator Chuck Lorre, too, didn’t want the series to continue with another season unless the entire cast worked together. Jim Parsons, along with Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), and the rest of the cast was an ensemble, and it would be hard for viewers to see the series go on without Sheldon Cooper’s magnificent antics.
Jim Parsons’ decision to not return for a 13th season changed the show’s future in just two weeks. The executives at CBS who, at first, were confident about the 12th season not being the final one, shocked fans with a surprise announcement just two weeks later, informing them that the show was coming to an end. It took everyone by surprise, especially those who had been with the series through its 12-year run and wanted to see more of the characters.
It was heartbreaking for the entire cast, especially Kaley Cuoco, who mentioned that the end of the series had her “drowning in tears”, through her Instagram post.
It’s even more upsetting to hear that Parsons’ decision to call it quits affected the show’s future, especially when it was set to continue for two more years.
What the two new seasons could have explored
Speaking to “Metro.co.uk”, TBBT production designer John Shaffner revealed that Warner Bros. and the CBS network’s initial plan was for the show to run for two more years!
“The news that [the show] was ending had been leaked because Warner Brothers had prepared a proper roll-out of explaining it to everybody, but the cast didn’t know”, Shaffner revealed.
“What had occurred was Jim Parsons had been in touch with Chuck Lorre over the hiatus week and had said he couldn’t come back and do anymore. And Chuck had always said if one member of the cast left the show then the show would have to end.”
Shaffner added that “Warner Brothers and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years”.
While we’re glad that the show decided to end on a high, with an amazing finale that brought Sheldon’s story to a full-circle, it is hard not to imagine what the future of the show could have brought to the viewers. The 13th season could’ve featured a time-leap and introduced the gang’s science-loving kids, shown viewers what Sheldon was working on after his big Nobel prize win, and, maybe, just maybe, we’d be lucky enough to find out Penny’s last name. It’s been 12 years, after all!
Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast have moved on to a big bangin’ future
We will miss our time with our favourite nerds, but it does seem like it’s goodbye for now. The network doesn’t want to go ahead without its ensemble cast and we’ll have to make our peace with that.
But, we must say, it does look like the cast is off to a big bangin’ future! Kaley Cuoco will soon play producer and feature in WarnerMedia’s ‘The Flight Attendant’, and voice the clown queen Harley Quinn in an animated series of the villainess by DC. Jim Parsons went on to star in the Netflix series ‘Hollywood’, and plays producer on ‘Young Sheldon’, a prequel spin-off show on his character, Sheldon Cooper. Kunal Nayyar is working on a project for AppleTV+, alongside actress Uma Thurman!
“Entertainment Tonight” reported that Kaley Cuoco believed that the show is going to go on for a long, long time, thanks to its reruns! When asked about a possible reboot in the future, she didn’t negate the idea completely. In Kaley’s own words, “Everyone’s doing rebooting. We might as well do it in, like, a year!”
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