THE Big Bang Theory ‘ended two years earlier than planned’ due to Jim Parsons’ exit, one of the show’s crew members has revealed.
Production designer John Shaffner says there were plans to make more episodes of the hit show until the Sheldon Cooper actor quit.
He told Metro: "We got up and left and they started doing the table read and somewhere during that time word had got out that it was the last year.
"The news that it was ending had been leaked because Warner Brothers had prepared a proper roll-out of explaining it to everybody, but the cast didn't know."
"What had occurred was Jim Parsons had been in touch with [co-creator] Chuck Lorre over the hiatus week and had said he couldn't come back and do anymore.
"And Chuck had always said if one member of the cast left the show then the show would have to end. Warner Brothers and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years.
"I was back in the office and I found out about this and I went down to stage and I saw Johnny [Galecki] and Kaley [Cuoco] in the comic book store and they were just hugging each other and crying.”
While Shaffner says the Big Bang team were “disappointed”, he respected Jim’s decision to leave.
"It was very hard for a while for people to accept the decision and the crew was very disappointed because it was a good job.
"It's better to leave on top. I really appreciate where he was coming from in his head. I knew it was hard. He had a lot of the hardest lines to say."
Jim – who played Sheldon Cooper for 12 seasons – said he had no idea what to do after the show ended.
He admitted that he 'didn't know' what he wanted to pursue next, admitting that he did not take on very much work outside of the sitcom while it was airing.
Parsons has now signed on to play real-life talent agent Henry Wilson in Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix series Hollywood.
Parsons spoke to The Globe and Mail, revealing: "Ryan approached me at a time in my life and career where I had honestly no idea what was next or what I wanted to do.
"It was only a few months after Big Bang had ended. I'm not going to tell you what I was looking for, because I didn't know. I thought I'd know it when I saw it. Then Ryan came along and that's all I needed to know.
"I love the people he surrounds himself with and the kinds of projects that he does. It always feels very right, like a part of my artistic family."
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