Jim Parsons speaks out about The Big Bang Theory cast’s criticism of his departure from the show. The Big Bang Theory’s twelfth season ended in 2018, according to reports. There was no official reason given for its cancellation at first, which made it even more shocking given how popular the series remained. It was eventually revealed that the ending of The Big Bang Theory was decided after Parsons conveyed his desire to quit the nerd-centric sitcom. Instead of continuing without the Sheldon actor, the rest of the actors and producers decided it was best to wrap it up with a full cast.
Although the conclusion of The Big Bang Theory appeared to be devoid of drama, this was not the case. According to a recent oral history book, Johnny Galecki was frustrated with how Parsons’ news was delivered, claiming he was caught off guard, and Kaley Cuoco and Parsons even disagreed about it. In a new interview with Yahoo!, Parsons reacts to these comments while promoting his latest project, Spoiler Alert. Read his entire quote below:
“It’s never nice to hear that you’ve done anything that’s even accidentally made somebody angry or feel bad. But I was doing what I had to do, and that was the best way for me to handle it. To be honest, we weren’t the kind of group that I felt needed to have a group meeting in that way.”
Why Did Parsons Quitted The Big Bang Theory?
CBS even stated that they were interested in ordering at least one other season of The Big Bang Theory not long before it was announced that it would be ending. The series could have technically continued without Parsons because the rest of the crew was still on board. However, they recognized that Sheldon was the show’s true protagonist, and that losing him would leave a gap in the show that might be difficult, if not impossible, to fill. Parsons’ decision to quit The Big Bang Theory was influenced by a number of factors, the most important of which was his realization that it was time to move on and pursue other opportunities.
It’s worth noting, however, that Galecki’s criticism isn’t directed at Parsons’ decision to leave The Big Bang Theory. He stated that he understood his co-actor’s decision and that his issue was with how it was handled. Instead of discussing it, the cast was simply informed that Parsons was leaving and that The Big Bang Theory would have to end. In any case, it appears that everyone was able to overcome the adversity and create an emotionally satisfying The Big Bang Theory finale. Cuoco later stated that the show’s demise was a blessing in disguise for her.
Despite its cancellation in 2019, The Big Bang Theory continues to live on through its sole spinoff, Young Sheldon. Parsons is still involved in the family sitcom, providing the voice of older Sheldon and producing it. Some of his former co-stars from the nerdy sitcom have made cameo appearances, but Galecki has yet to show up as Leonard Hofstadter.