The Big Bang Theory ended last May after 12 years (Picture: CBS)
Warner Brothers and CBS were keen to run The Big Bang Theory for ‘two more years’ according to the show’s production designer John Shaffner – but this changed when Jim Parsons pulled the plug.
The iconic show came to an end in May 2019 after an incredible 12 seasons, making it the longest-running multi-camera sitcom in history. However, it’s been claimed that bosses had been keen to produce even more episodes.
This plan was terminated when Sheldon Cooper star Jim quit and the producers decided not to continue without their leading man.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk one year after The Big Bang Theory aired its grande finale, Shaffner revealed the moment he learnt it was all over – before the cast even knew.
‘It was midway through the season,’ Shaffner began. ‘We were on a hiatus week and we came back and did our production meeting where we went through the script very quickly.
‘And then we got up and left and they started doing the table read and somewhere during that time word had got out that it was the last year.
Jim Parsons pulled the plug (Picture: CBS)
‘The news that it was ending had been leaked because Warner Brothers had prepared a proper roll-out of explaining it to everybody, but the cast didn’t know.
‘What had occurred was Jim Parsons had been in touch with 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.’
He continued: ‘I was back in the office and I found out about this and I went down to stage and I saw Johnny [Galecki] and Kaley [Cuoco] in the comic book store and they were just hugging each other and crying.
‘It was very hard for a while for people to accept the decision and the crew was very disappointed because it was a good job.
‘But I really respected what Jim did. It’s better to leave on top. I really appreciate where he was coming from in his head. I knew it was hard. He had a lot of the hardest lines to say.’
Jim explained his reasons for bowing out of The Big Bang Theory and revealed that it basically came down to knowing when to let something go.
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‘I played the s**t out of that character, and some people could have done it longer probably — I don’t mean our show, but this relationship with the character,’ he told Variety’s Power Of Pride issue.
‘But I feel like we really wrung that material for what it was.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Warner Brothers for comment. CBS declined to comment when approached.
The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix in the UK.
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