The Big Bang Theory would have continued, at least one more season, had it not been for Jim Parsons. In a recent interview with Variety, Kaley Cuoco has confessed that she and Johnny Galecki talked a lot about it: “Did we want to do it? We really wanted ”. The actress has revealed that when Chuck Lorre, creator of the fiction, called them to a meeting, she thought it would be about season 13, but it turned out to be Parsons’ farewell.
In that same interview, he revealed how the actor communicated the news that he was leaving the project was like: ” Jim said: ‘I don’t think I can continue.’ And I was so shocked that I said: ‘Continue with what?’ Like I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I looked at Chuck: ‘I thought we were going to … I’m so impressed right now. Cuoco planned to continue as Penny for much longer, but her partner was key to saying goodbye to the public.
Could they have continued without Parsons and his mythical Sheldon Cooper? It would have had nothing to do with it. Chuck Lorre assured that he could not continue the series without one of his “big three”. Or what is the same, The Big Bang Theory had to end if Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, or Johnny Galecki decided to leave their characters behind. Finally, it was Parsons who took the step and, we cannot deny it, with very good reason. “I’m close to middle age. I don’t know how long I can wear the shirts without looking like an old man,” acknowledged the actor who will turn 47 on March 24.
Cuoco admits that she keeps getting emotional every time she thinks about The Big Bang Theory and, specifically, its ending. However, deciding to put an end to the sitcom was something that helped them explore new projects. Without going any further, the actress launched The Flight Attendant with HBO Max in 2020, produced and starred by herself, and has garnered several Golden Globe nominations.
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Similarly, Parsons and Mayim Bialik have teamed up to produce Call me Kat, a comedy inspired by the British Miranda. This production not only shows how quickly they have been in finding their own professional path but also that they are still as close as when they starred in the legendary CBS series.