Oh, it’s heartbreaking! ‘The Big Bang Theory’ came to an end because Jim Parsons decided to quit the show for his dog.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ has finally ended after 12 seasons not because it was meant to but because Jim Parsons told the creators that he wanted to leave. CBS, Warner Bros Television, and Chuck Lorre Productions released a joint statement to confirm the end of the show. TBBT has been the longest-running multi-camera sitcom, with Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Mayim Bialik (Amy), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny). According to “Entertainment Weekly”, CBS tried to negotiate two more seasons but talks ended when Parsons was adamant about his decision. However, Jim broke his silence, about the reasons he chose to walk away from the show, on David Tennant’s podcast.
What did Jim Parsons quitting The Big Bang Theory have to do with his dog?
- Did Jim Parsons ditch ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for his dog?
- Jim Parsons opens up about his decision to quit the show
- Here’s all that Jim shared on David Tennant’s podcast
Jim Parsons speaks about his decision to walk away from ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
Did Jim Parsons ditch ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for his dog?
Jim revealed that work pressure and a series of personal incidents gave him the clarity to step away from the hit show. Recently, when Jim Parsons appeared on David Tennant’s podcast, he addressed the reasons for suddenly leaving ‘The Big Bang Theory’. He was exhausted and desperately needed a break. The major cause that fuelled his decision was the demise of his pet dog that left him teetering. It won’t be good at all to say that he ditched the show. Had he thought of ditching, he would not have had a word with the creators personally.
Jim said he’s grateful to be a part of such a hit show that is loved by the audience and that has given him some of the best years of his life. It was his dog’s death that caused him to take a step back. But, then again, doesn’t everybody require some personal space to rejuvenate their mental peace?
Jim Parsons opens up about his decision to quit the show
In addition to his dog’s death, there was another personal reason that led to his departure from the series. As the shooting schedule for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 12 approached, Jim Parsons realized he would be 46 by the end of the shoot. His father died at 52, and this six-year difference made him ponder upon his future.
Besides this, he spoke out on exhaustion. So, when he returned to Los Angeles from NY, he told Steven Molaro and Chuck Lorre that he needed to try other things. Even if he didn’t know yet what they would be. Jim shared an Instagram post dedicated to TBBT and his friends, and let us tell you it is heartwarming!
‘The Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons exhaustion, walking away from the show – everything explained
Here’s all that Jim shared on David Tennant’s podcast
David Tennant has some uncommon skills in getting his subjects to open up. The fact that he and Parsons had never actually met before the podcast underlines Tennant’s talent as a gentle but subtle interrogator. From the decision to walk away from ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to the demise of his dog, Jim Parsons answered every question that followed up.
Here’s a brief of David’s and Parson’s discussion:
“It was the scariest moment for the next couple of days because I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff. I was teetering and I saw something really dark below. It was at that point, however, that I had a moment of clarity. I was in the Saturday matinee and kept thinking, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get to the end of this performance’. I was just so beaten down. And I walked out for curtain call – I had one more show that night – and I slipped and broke my foot! The bottom line was that it was a really intense summer. The dog passing away, he was 14. Todd and I had been together for 15 years at that point. So it just was the end of an era”.
“I had this moment of clarity that I think you’re very fortunate to get in a lot of ways, of going, ‘Don’t keep speeding by. You know? ‘Use this time to take a look around’. And I did. I was like, ‘I gotta make a move'”.
Now that you know what series of events led Jim Parsons to his decision of stepping away from ‘The Big Bang Theory’, you really can’t fault him for this. Often, we forget that the actors who make us laugh on TV are also human beings with their own struggles and ambitions. We think he made the right call. What about you? Let us know in the comments.