It seemed like The Big Bang Theory (returning Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) would run forever, but sadly it is officially coming to an end. Next season, the sitcom’s 12th, will be its last–though the show will live on in reruns. Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions announced the news on Wednesday and one of its stars, Kaley Cuoco, doesn’t seem particularly keen on moving on.
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
Kunal Nayyar sounded a little more hopeful.
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
And while the cast may be be suffering from oh-so-many-feelings, fans are, if possible, feeling it even more:
— Thewhite.crayon (@ThewhiteC) August 23, 2018
— Kesha (@KeeshTheSweesh) August 22, 2018
— KEO Moropene IV 👑 (@karabomoropene) August 23, 2018
I would still geek out and religiously watch #BigBangTheory even if Jim Parsons wasn’t involved. I mean, of course it wouldn’t be the same w/o #Sheldon, but it’d still be the group of goofballs that I love.
This can’t be the end!!! #BigBangTheoryDontEnd
— Honey Badger Hugh (@HughStone87) August 23, 2018
While many presumed its time had simply come, or perhaps that CBS was done dishing out millions of dollars an episode to its cast, it seems Jim Parsons may be the main reason the show is coming to a close.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Parsons walked away from the network’s $50-million offer to stay on for two more years, an offer also made to the series’ original cast members: Cuoco, Nayyar, Johnny Galecki and Simon Helberg. But without Sheldon Cooper, there really isn’t a Big Bang so the network’s efforts were moot.
Parsons may have earned four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a producing and voiceover role in the Big Bang spinoff Young Sheldon, and plum gigs on Broadway and the big screen, but 12 years is a lot for anyone. That doesn’t make the farewell season any easier to take, but at least we have season 12 to look forward to.
In the 11th season finale, Sheldon and Amy (Mayim Bialik) got married. We can’t wait to see what awaits them, and the rest of the gang, in their final year.
The Big Bang Theory returns Thursday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and will conclude in May 2019.