The Big Bang Theory will end with the upcoming 12th and final season it has been announced.
The top-rated comedy in US television will air its final episode in May 2019. "We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons," Warner Bros Television, CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions announced 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."
Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper, along with his four original costars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg, all stood to make more than $50 including profits if they agreed to stay on the show for two more years. However, Entertainment Weekly report, "Parsons was ready to say goodbye to the ensemble sitcom that made him a household name. Since there is no show without Dr. Sheldon Cooper, next spring’s 12th season finale" will be the show's last episode.
Parsons, won four Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and has a voice role in spin-off show Young Sheldon, for his portrayal of the theoretical physicist and in deciding to walk away from The Big Bang Theory has ended the show in the process. He expressed “intense gratitude” for the crew, writers and his fellow castmates on his Instagram page. “I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”
With 279 episodes racked up at the conclusion of the sitcom, it will end the show's run as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history. Last season 18.5 million US viewers tuned in to watch season 11 of the show. The series has won 10 Emmy Awards and received a further 52 nominations during its 12-year run.
The final series of The Big Bang Theory will begin airing in the US on Monday, September 24 and is expected to finish next May. Producers have promised an "epic creative close" for the ending of the show.
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