The end is near for The Big Bang Theory, and the cast of the show feels contented to have been a part of the journey. The cast weighed in on its ending and its final season, and they all sound grateful to have been a part of it.
The CBS sitcom rose to fame as the eccentric comedy revolving around the lives of physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, and kept their fans following their shenanigans since the show started on September 24, 2007.
The show has run for eleven seasons. Its twelfth season will be its last, as confirmed by the producers and the stars of the show.
Jim Parsons, who is known for playing the character of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, took to Instagram to pen down his thoughts for the final season of the show. He posted a photo of him alongside co-stars and friends, Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, and Kunal Nayyar at the set of the show while filming the first episode of season 12.
“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,” the star wrote in his farewell note to the fans of the show.
“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,” he added.
The note was not limited to his gratitude for his co-stars and for the people the viewers are familiar with, but also talked of those people who remain off-screen, but are just as important to the show as the ones who appear screen.
The note continued:
“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,” Jim stated.
“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 are 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,” Parsons added.
His note did not end here, but further continued as he expressed his gratitude for every member of the show which contributed towards it.
Kelly Kahl, who is the ultimate boss at CBC, was reluctant to finish off the show in its twelfth season. He mentioned this at the 2018 Televison Association press tour, where he also stated that there were discussions of extending it to season 13 underway.
Jim Parsons, the star of the show, however confirmed the news that the show will run its final course in its 12th season, as reported by EW, which stated Parsons’ reason for bidding farewell to the show was that he did not want to continue with the series.
Apart from Parsons, other stars of the show have also expressed how they feel about the end of the series. Actress Kaley Cuoco also took to Instagram to share how she feels about the show with the world.
“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,” Cuoco wrote.
The final season of the show is expected to premier on Monday, September 24th, at 8pm on CBS, and the stars of the show are as overwhelmed by its ending as the fans would possibly be.
In one of her blogposts, the actress Mayim Bialik left a little note to say adiós to the show.
She wrote, “Am I happy? Of course not. This has been my job since Melissa Rauch and I joined the cast as regulars in season 4. I love my job. I love my castmates, and I feel such appreciation for our incredible crew, our brave writers, our entire staff, and our amazing fans. So many people are a part of our Big Bang family.”