The pop culture and science-obsessed TV geeks dominated screens for an impressive 12 seasons on CBS. After The Big Bang Theory came to an end in 2019, TV studio Warner Bros. has revealed more info about Jim Parsons’ career-changing move to exit the series.
For over ten years Jim Parsons remained a global sensation as iconic physicist and comic book geek Sheldon Cooper.
Sheldon shared the spotlight with his long-suffering roommate Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), their two friends Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and girl-next-door Penny (Kaley Cuoco).
Although the popular sitcom was not without its detractors, The Big Bang Theory frequently drew in millions of viewers each week and took home several prestigious awards for writing and acting.
Unfortunately, the series came to a bittersweet end in 2019 following the decision of lead star Jim Parsons to quit the show.
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The legacy continues with prequel series Young Sheldon, but fans are still missing the nerdy exploits of the original Caltech quartet.
Now, some major insight from Big Bang production designer John Shaffner has revealed CBS still believed the series had a long future ahead before news of Parsons’ exit spread.
An interview with Metro.co.uk revealed the network had two more seasons mapped out before the star’s departure forced CBS to pull the plug.
The key crew member continued by recounting the moment the cast and crew realised it was all over.
However, John revealed both CBS and the cast were prepared to stick around for at least two more years.
He continued: “What had occurred was Jim Parsons had been in touch with [creator] Chuck Lorre over the hiatus week and had said he couldn’t come back and do anymore. And Chuck had always said if one member of the cast left the show then the show would have to end.
“Warner Brothers and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years.”
John concluded by recalling the tough goodbyes from long-standing Big Bang Theory cast members.