AceShowbiz - Fans of "The Big Bang Theory" were devastated when it was recently announced that the popular comedy would end after season 12. Leading man Jim Parsons's decision to walk away from the sitcom was allegedly the reason CBS ended the series, but it turned that the series could have continued without the Sheldon Cooper depictor until someone else decided to pull the plug on the series for good.
Co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre believed that it'd better to end the longest-running multi-cam sitcom "unless all key auspices were coming back," according to Deadline. And since Parsons is one the series' "big three" alongside Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, he announced to the cast in an emotional meeting that the series' upcoming season 12 would be the last.
Parsons reportedly turned down $50 million which he offered by the network for two more seasons of "The Big Bang Theory". The network initally attempted to make him change his mind, though the efforts were in vain.
The actor shared an emotional message on Instagram following the final season announcement. "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," he wrote alongside a photo featuring him along with "The Big Bang Theory" co-stars smiling brightly. "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 twelfth and final season of "The Big Bang Theory" is set to debut on September 24 on CBS.