'The Big Bang Theory' Is Ending, and the Cast Is Getting Emotional

Warner Bros. and CBS announced on Wednesday that the next twenty-four episodes will close out uber-popular sitcom The Big Band Theory‘s 12-season run—and the Big Bang gang is starting to get emotional about it.

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons,” the network said in a 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.”

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. 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.” – Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions

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Actor Jim Parsons, who plays the iconic Sheldon Cooper (Bazinga!), was reportedly the catalyst for the show’s coming to an end. According to Entertainment Weekly, CBS had tried to negotiate two more seasons but Parsons “walked away” from the offer. Incidentally, that would have likely been a $40+ million offer, because the Big Bang Theory‘s cast is believed to earn $1 million per episode!

Regardless, the actor released a long statement saying a sad goodbye to the hit sitcom.

❤️Swipe for my caption to this picture which was too long to just write here (not surprising given the circumstances) ❤️

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Parsons’ OG co-stars Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar, who played Penny and Raj Koothrapali respectively, have also reacted to the news. Cuoco said on Instagram, “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.”

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

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Nayyar also posted a photo of their first day of Season 12 filming, and captioned, “Without you the fans there would be no us. Tonight I sleep with a prayer of gratitude on my lips. This isn’t goodbye… yet… still 23 eps to shoot!” In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nayyar described the show’s ending as “bittersweet.” “I’m ready for the next phase of my life [after] 12 years,” he continued, “yet at the same time I’m sad to be saying goodbye to my family… I’m still trying to process all of it.”

As you may already know… and for those of you who don’t. This will officially be Big Bang Theory’s last season. After season 12 we will be the longest running multi camera sitcom in the history of television. There are no words in any language that can describe what my heart wants to say… The love that I feel for all of you is boundless. Without you the fans there would be no us. Tonight I sleep with a prayer of gratitude on my lips. This isn’t goodbye… yet… still 23 eps to shoot! #tbbt

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Once The Big Bang Theory ends its filming, it will have a record for the longest running multi-camera sitcom in the history of television.

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