Jim Parsons Big Bang Theory

With ‘The Big Bang Theory’ now confirmed to be ending after the soon-to-premiere 12th season, star Jim Parsons has taken to Instagram to share a picture of the casts’s last “first day back on set” and give his thoughts on what the show has given him over the years as well as express his gratitude to everyone involved for all of their hard work. Hopefully it will go a long way toward making up for the fact that apparently Parsons was the one who made the decision to end the show this season, as everyone else seemed to be on board for a Season 13 (in my opinion Parsons made the right choice to end the show before it went completely downhill). It seems so far like there are not any hard feelings about the decision, especially since they did get 12 seasons out of the show.

Check out the Instagram post from Parsons below, and the full statement below that:

Here’s the full statement from Parsons:

“It is hard (nearly impossible, actually) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the final 24 episodes we will shoot for The Big Bang Theory. I feel very fortunate that we have another 23 episodes to shoot this season because I am hopeful that with each and every one, my level of REALLY accepting this fact will sink in. Something else I feel grateful for—and this gratitude needs no time to ‘sink in’ or become more ‘realized;’ this grateful-feeling is always with me but is multiplied in this moment of us announcing our final season—but I feel such intense gratitude for our devoted viewers who are the ACTUAL reason we have been graced with the opportunity to explore these characters for 12 years of our lives. I feel grateful to our crew—many, many of whom have been with us since day one—and who are the people who bring a sense of steadiness and dependability, who are so warm and kind and always quick to say hello and smile at us every time we come to the set and who, even though you don’t see them on TV, are in many ways the real and steady heartbeat that keeps this body of work alive and breathing while we, like flailing arms and legs, act like jackasses and fools in attempt to make someone laugh. I am grateful to all the writers of our show—those with us now and those that have come and gone- because without them, there would literally be no Big Bang Theory at all, ever. The writers thought of this show, the writers created these characters, the writers are the ones who found ways to keep coming up with organic, entertaining ways to keep the life of this show going which is a task much, much more challenging than anyone other than them will ever know or understand. And while I know that they already know it, it bears repeating again and again: I am so terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here; whether they are in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become a part of my life on set and off,” Parsons continued. “You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand. I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”

Star Mayim Bialik also shared her thoughts on the end of the series in her blog:

“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.”

And Kaley Cuoco also took to Instagram to express her opinions on the final season:

“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.”

How do you think the cast is coping with the decision to end the show? Do you agree that it was time to let it go? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!