Jim Parsons has shared a message with fans following the news that The Big Bang Theory has been cancelled.
The actor plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper in the long-running series and has won four Emmys and a Golden Globe during his 12-year stint on the show.
Posting on Instagram alongside a photo of the main cast, Parsons wrote: “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. 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 “realised;” 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 continued to thank the show’s crew and writers for making the show what it was, as well as the cast members who have appeared across the hundreds of episodes. “You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand,” he wrote.
“I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”
It was reported earlier this week that The Big Bang Theory was cancelled after Parsons said he wanted to walk away from the show. If he had agreed to stay on for two more years, he and co-stars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg would stand to make more than $50 million (£39 million).