On Wednesday, The Big Bang Theory fans were shocked to learn that the show’s upcoming 12th season will be its last.
Apparently the decision to cancel was made after Jim Parsons decided he was going to leave the show. Rumor has it that producer Chuck Lorre did not want the show to continue if the 3 main actors — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco — were not all involved.
Parsons posted a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram.
His lengthy caption reads,
“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 “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. I feel grateful to our crew – many, many of whom have been with us since day one – and who are the people who bring a sense of steadiness and dependability, who are so warm and kind and always quick to say hello and smile at us every time we come to the set and who, even though you don’t see them on TV, are in many ways the real and steady heartbeat that keeps this body of work alive and breathing while we, like flailing arms and legs, act like jackasses and fools in attempt to make someone laugh. I am grateful to all the writers of our show – those with us now and those that have come and gone – because, without them, there would literally be no Big Bang Theory at all, ever. The writers thought of this show, the writers created these characters, the writers are the ones who found ways to keep coming up with organic, entertaining ways to keep the life of this show going which is a task much, much more challenging than anyone other than them will ever know or understand. And while I know that they already know it, it bears repeating again and again: I am so terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here – whether they were in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become a part of my life on set and off. 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 those 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. I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”
Kaley Cuoco joined her co-star, sharing her own sentiments about the show’s cancellation.
Though more succinct, Cuoco’s thoughts were no less sincere.
“This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets. No matter when it was going to end , my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet. To the fans, our crew, families, Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers , CBS, and everyone who has supported us for so many years, thank you. We are goin out with a bang @bigbangtheory_cbs“
Kaley continued to pull at our heart-strings when she posted a flashback Friday post last week to commemorate when her husband (then boyfriend) Karl Cook first visited The Big Bang Theory set.
Kaley and her husband tied the knot this summer.
Karl sweetly commented on his wifey’s post.
Kaley’s fans can’t get over how adorable they are, and always have been.
But other Big Bang Theory watchers can’t get past the fact that they’re going to have to bid Kaley’s character, Penny, goodbye.
We will be sad to see the show come to an end!