– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As we reported yesterday, the long-running sitcom series The Big Bang Theory is nearing its end. With its 12th season fast-approaching, it will mark the last in a 12-year run that’s brought with it a lot of laughs and successes. Given how well the show has done in ratings from day one, we can’t help but wonder…why is it ending?

Did the cast have a huge falling out? Are they asking for too much money? Are the writers all out of ideas? Did the showrunners decide they’d said all they needed to say over the course of the hundreds of episodes? You can go ahead and check “none of the above,” but the real reason DOES have to do with the cast on some level.

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According to EW, star Jim Parsons, who plays the lifeblood of the series Sheldon Cooper, was simply ready to say goodbye to the role (though it’s not specified why). Of course, without Sheldon, there is no Big Bang Theory.

This comes after the network, CBS, was trying to negotiate a contract that would reportedly land him and his four other costars a ridiculous $50 million (including profits) if he stuck around for two more years. Sadly, even huge dump trucks full of money don’t seem to matter much when you’re already a multi-millionaire.

Do you think Parson walking away? Was this the right move? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.