Jim Parsons Says Life After ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Will Take Some Getting Used to

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Much to the dismay of fans, The Big Bang Theory is coming to a close after 12 seasons. However, fans aren’t the only ones having a hard time with the news. The show’s star, Jim Parsons, has expressed his thoughts on life after the show’s end. His cast mates have also shared their feelings about the recent turn of events.

Here are Jim Parsons’ thoughts on why life after The Big Bang Theory will take some getting used to.

Saying goodbye

There had been discussions about two more seasons of The Big Bang Theory, but CBS and Warner Bros. TV ultimately decided this wouldn’t happen. According to Entertainment Weekly, Parsons turned down more than $50 million when he declined to do seasons 13 and 14.

In a joint statement Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions expressed their gratitude to fans of the show: “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”

Parsons’ emotional message to his fans

In an Instagram post, Parsons expressed his gratitude to the show’s faithful fans. He credits them with the success of the show:

I feel very fortunate that we have another 23 episodes to shoot this season because I am hopeful that with each and every one, my level of really accepting this fact will sink in. Something else I feel grateful for—and this gratitude needs no time to ‘sink in’ or become more ‘realized;’ this grateful-feeling is always with me but is multiplied in this moment of us announcing our final season—but I feel such intense gratitude for our devoted viewers who are the actual reason we have been graced with the opportunity to explore these characters for 12 years of our lives.

Other cast members react

Co-star Kunal Nayyar is still trying to absorb the news of the decision to end the show. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actor said the show’s ending is bittersweet, as he is excited to start the next chapter in his life but also sad about leaving his co-workers.

Nayyar said he considers his cast mates family, and that there’s no bad blood. “… I’m very sad to be saying goodbye to my family. We’ve spent a lot of time together, we were there when we found out together, and we’re there to support each other, and that’s all there is to it really,” he said. “That’s why we’ve survived for this long, because we love each other and we’re a family.”

Fellow cast member Mayim Bialik wrote about her disappointment over the show’s ending in a recent post on her website, Grok Nation:

Am I happy? Of course not. This has been my job since Melissa Rauch and I joined the cast as regulars in season 4. I love my job. I love my castmates, and I feel such appreciation for our incredible crew, our brave writers, our entire staff, and our amazing fans. So many people are a part of our Big Bang family. This is hard. I love coming to work and pretending to be Amy. She’s a riot. She’s me, and I am her. And soon she will not be mine to create.

Life after The Big Bang Theory

Although Parsons decided it was time to bring his journey with the show to a conclusion, that doesn’t mean he won’t miss playing Sheldon Cooper. Parsons discussed the possible end of the show in an interview with The New York Times early in 2018. He spoke about what life would be like after The Big Bang Theory ends, saying it would be difficult to move on afterward:

I do understand that once this type of thing is gone that you can’t just wake up and bounce back after a 12-year, or whatever it is, routine. It’s defined an era for me as a human being, but as an actor I feel excited and I feel hopeful, you know? Look, one of the best things is whenever we wrap up, we’ve already had such a full run. There’s nothing in any of our hearts that feels left undone. It’s like we’re running on golden time right now, given to us by a devoted audience, and that’s really beautiful, but it’s also very rare. And so, in that regard, none of us probably know exactly what to make of it, and may not ever.

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