It's been less than a day since it was announced that The Big Bang Theory will come to an end after its upcoming 12th season, and not everyone is happy with the news, specifically star Mayim Bialik. The hit CBS sitcom will end its 12-season run as the longest-running multi-cam sitcom in TV history, but given how strong the ratings still are (14 million viewers per episode last season), and the fact that there is already a successful spin-off (Sheldon), some may wonder why the end is coming now. There are already rumors circulating about why the show is ending now, and while those may or may not be true, they will not change the fact that the end is near.
Shortly after the official announcement was made, a rumor surfaced that claimed the show is ending because series star Jim Parsons refused to return. CBS was reportedly trying to negotiate a deal with the show's primary stars - Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg - where each of them could have earned upwards of $50 million for two more seasons of the show, earning $1 million per episode plus other profits. Parsons reportedly wouldn't agree to those terms, which lead to the decision to end The Big Bang Theory after the upcoming 12th season. Still, that report has yet to be confirmed, and neither Parsons nor his reps have commented on that report.
Bialik took to her website Grok Nation to address the show coming to an end, and she's not too pleased about it. The actress started her blog post by revealing that yesterday was a big day, because she received an undeserved parking ticket, had an intense therapy session, her son tried soccer for the first time, and she also found out that she would be out of a job after this season. Here's an excerpt from her full blog post below, where she doesn't pull any punches about The Big Bang Theory going off the air.
"Am I happy? Of course not. This has been my job since Melissa Rauch and I joined the cast as regulars in season 4. I love my job. I love my castmates, and I feel such appreciation for our incredible crew, our brave writers, our entire staff, and our amazing fans. So many people are a part of our Big Bang family. This is hard. I love coming to work and pretending to be Amy. She’s a riot. She’s me, and I am her. And soon she will not be mine to create."
Bialik didn't address the rumors that Parsons may or may not be responsible for the show coming to an end, but she did add that the show coming to an end is "very sad," and that she thinks it will be difficult "not to cry every day for the next 23 episodes." Bialik's blog post also comes after Cuoco addressed the show's ending in an Instagram post, while also sharing a new photo of the cast. The final season is slated to debut Monday, September 24 (before moving to its regular Thursday time slot on September 27), and it was also revealed at Comic-Con that season 12 will feature a connection to the Sheldon spinoff.
It's certainly understandable that Bialik would be upset about The Big Bang Theory going off the air, especially since the viewership is still quite strong. Bialik doesn't exactly have the same big-money deal in place like the five main stars do, and while it remains to be seen what the future holds for the actress, she does seem optimistic and thankful for the opportunity to star in the biggest comedy series in America.
The Big Bang Theory season 12 premieres on Monday, September 24 on CBS.
Source: Grok Nation