The cast of The Big Bang Theory is as sad as fans are that the show’s ending. Except, perhaps, for Jim Parsons?
Entertainment Weekly reports that Parsons was the one who wanted to leave, prompting CBS, Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions to announce the conclusion of the show (after 12 seasons and 279 episodes, a record for a multi-cam comedy) in May of 2019.
Parsons won four Emmys and one Golden Globe for his role. Parsons and original stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar reportedly earn nearly $1 million an episode. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch joined the show and reportedly make a bit less.
Cuoco was one of the first to speak out on the show’s ending.
"This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets," Cuoco wrote on Instagram. "No matter when it was going to end, my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet. To the fans, our crew, families, Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers , CBS, and everyone who has supported us for so many years, thank you. We are goin out with a bang."
The final season of The Big Bang Theory premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.