Big Bang Theory: What made Jim Parsons quit Big Bang Theory? Star’s emotional admission

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Big Bang Theory is still a popular comedy series which follows Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) and his socially awkward friends. The series finished airing on CBS and E4 in May 2019, after Parsons stepped down from his role as the main character. The actor spoke to David Tennant during a podcast about what made him leave the series.

What made Jim Parsons quit The Big Bang Theory?

Loyal Big Bang Theory fans were gutted to hear the series was coming to an end after 12 seasons.

The final season saw Sheldon and his wife Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) win a Nobel Prize in physics.

Since the series finished airing it was revealed Parsons had wanted to leave, but the series was due to run for another two seasons.

During a chat with David Tennant, Parsons said: “I think it was a complicated road as you can imagine.

“I think we signed a two-year contract. I had a suspicion in my heart that that would be it.”

During the 11th season he took on a role in a Broadway play, and he said it was a “very intense summer”.

He said he would go to rehearse for the play after shooting for The Big Bang Theory – for which a total of 279 episodes aired.

Parsons said it was a mixture of events which opened his eyes and helped him make the decision to leave.

He said: “On that first day off I shot a commercial and I was exhausted. “And I was upset more than anything that one of our dogs was getting to the end of his life. He just looked so bad”.

Todd Spiewak, his husband, said they had to go and shoot the commercial and parsons said: “I just started crying.

“I said this dog is going to die when I’m off working and I felt so bad.”

Their dog suffered a seizure and they made a decision to have someone come to the house to put their pet down.

Parsons still gets emotional to this day speaking about the death of his beloved pet.

After his dog’s death, he struggled during the final through Broadway shows and faced more bad luck on the final night.

He said: “I had one more show and I kept thinking ‘I don’t know how I’m going to get through to the end of this performance.

“I walked out for curtain call and slipped and broke my foot”.

He was in a medical boot for some time but managed to finish the show.

He said: “It was like the end of an era with the dog, and I had this moment of clarity of ‘don’t keep speeding by, use this time to take a look around. I have got to make a move’.”

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Parsons said he wanted to start making decisions for himself as he recalled his father died at the age of 52.

He said he would have been 46-years-old by the end of season 12, and he knew in only six years’ time he would be the same age his father was when he died.

Parsons continues to act as the narrator for the spin-off prequel series, called Young Sheldon.

The series has been renewed for a fourth season, but production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since leaving Big Bang Theory, he took on a main role and helped executive produce the Netflix series, Hollywood.

He was nominated for a huge number of awards for his role in Big Bang Theory and has won a total of 18 awards.

After his long-running career on The Big Bang Theory, he took on roles in a few films, including The Boys in the Band, which is in post-production.

He also starred in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile in 2019 and A Kid Like Jake in 2018 – a film he also produced.

The star recently revealed to Digital Spy that he would “not have been able to handle” fame if he was younger.

Big Bang Theory airs on CBS and E4

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