It is no secret that Jim Parsons quit ‘The Big Bang Theory’ after wooing the fans of the sitcom for 12 seasons with his geeky demeanour.
‘The Big Bang Theory‘ came to a bittersweet ending in 2019. The adventures of four science nerds and their eccentric neighbour had ruled the screen for years.
- Why did Jim quit TBBT?
- How did it all go down when he decided to quit.
- The production designer of TBBT recalls it all.
Warner Bros. studio has finally let it all out in the open as to how Jim Parsons quit the show leading to its end. But, before we come to that, we must know why Jim Parsons decided to quit and leave.
Why did Jim quit the show?
“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”, he told “The Hollywood Reporter”. “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’”.
Well, turns out he knew what he had to do.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ did extremely well and attracted almost a million viewers per week along with winning numerous prestigious awards. Although it ended back in 2019, the show has its prequel in the form of ‘Young Sheldon’.
How did Jim quit the show?
The show’s production designer John Shaffner only recently revealed how CBS had been expecting two more seasons of the show since it had been doing so well.
Metro.co.uk conducted an interview which revealed that two seasons of the show were already lined up before he decided to quit, which led to CBS pulling the plug.
John recollected, “It was midway through the season. We were on a hiatus week and we came back and did our production meeting where we went through the script very quickly”.
Adding to it, he said, “And then we got up and left and they started doing the table read and somewhere during that time word had got out that it was the last year”.
“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”, John continued.
“Warner Brothers and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years”.
Recalling how tough goodbyes were for the whole cast and crew, John said, “I went down to the stage and I saw Johnny and Kaley in the comic book store and they were just hugging each other and crying”.
“It was very hard for a while for people to accept the decision and the crew was very disappointed because it was a good job”.
Well, the fans sure wish there was more. However, all’s well that ends well.
Jim Parsons currently narrates his younger self in ‘Young Sheldon’.