Count your bazingas because this is the beginning of the end for The Big Bang Theory.
It was announced earlier this week in a joint statement by Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions, that the longest-running three-camera sitcom in television history will end with its 12th season finale, set to air in May 2019. The show’s sign-off is reportedly centered on actor Jim Parsons, who declined a deal with CBS worth more than $50 million in order to leave the show.
In an emotional post on his Instagram, Jim Parsons wrote a letter addressing his own feelings regarding the series’ upcoming finale. “…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,” he writes.
The 500-word letter thanked fans, the writers, cast and crew of the show. He goes on to say that he hadn’t yet come to terms with the news: “It is hard (nearly impossible actually) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the final 24 episodes we will shoot for The Big Bang Theory.”
Though his best-known role was Sheldon on Big Bang Theory, Parsons just finished his run on Broadway in The Boys in The Band, and he plays the father of a “gender-expansive” child in A Kid Like Jake, co-starring Claire Danes. While fans will soon have to say goodbye to Sheldon, Parsons’ career looks like it will continue to thrive.
And don’t be too sad, Big Bang Theory fans, because you will still have Young Sheldon.