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Why Jim Parsons Walked Away From Big Bang Theory

It’s not every day that a man gets to be at the center of a nationwide phenomenon. Over the course of the past 12 years, The Big Bang Theory has gone on to be one of the biggest shows on TV, also garnering 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins. If that weren’t enough, it also takes the prize as the longest-running multicamera comedy in TV history. No matter what you think about the quality of the show or its portrayal of “geeks,” there’s no denying its appeal to the mainstream.

And at the center of the ensemble cast is Jim Parsons, who plays the socially-inept genius Sheldon Cooper. Last year, we reported on the news that he had opted to step away from the show following its Season 12 finale. But why is that the case? Speaking with THR, Parsons recalled when he, CBS, and Warner Bros. TV were in early talks to renew a 13th season of the show.


“It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after [season] 12 was up. I don’t know if it’s because I’m an Aries or just because maybe I’m in touch with myself. Whatever it is, once I had that thought, I was like, ‘Well, that’s your answer.'”

“There was no factor; there was no situation that I was like, ‘Well, I’ve had enough of that.’ No. There was nothing like that. It was just…when you know, you know. And you’re susceptible and thrown around by the whims of your own existence and getting to a certain age and your life changes and suddenly you just think different. It has been fascinating to think about who I was 12 years ago. And sometimes when I have trouble learning a line or saying a line of Sheldon’s right now, it’s hard to know why specifically. But it’s like, you’re not the same person you were. There is a possibility that this actually became more difficult for you in a way. And I don’t know what that means but it’s like you just change.”

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Honestly, I’m a bit surprised to hear about that. Usually, when an actor decides to call it quits on a show, it’s because of their pursuit of another project or a loftier career on the big screen. In Parson’s case, it seems like a decision mostly made on his gut and his simple potentially-fleeting desire not to return.

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