The reason why The Big Bang Theory is set to be coming to an end has been revealed after it was announced yesterday (August 22) that the show will not continue beyond its twelfth season.
According to EW, CBS and Warner Brothers TV made the decision to end The Big Bang Theory in 2019 because Jim Parsons wanted to walk away from the hit show.
Earning a reported salary of $1 million per episode, EW reports that he and his co-stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg all stood to make more than $50 million if they agreed to stay on the show for two more years.
The long-running comedy first aired in 2007 and has earned 52 Emmy nominations to date, with 10 wins.
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons,” WBTV and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement. “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.”
The show is the longest-running multi-camera comedy in TV history, clocking in at 279 episodes. The final episode will air in May 2019.
Earlier this month, it was suggested a 13th season could be on the cards. Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said: “We don’t believe it’s the final year. We are in preliminary talks to renew the show [for a 13th season].”
Actor Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, has previously said he would be happy if the show ended after 12 seasons. “I think, at this point, everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families,” he said.
“The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping [the show] has been that we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes.”
Parsons has been on the show for twelve years and has won four Emmy’s and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dr Sheldon Cooper.