We Can Thank Jim Parsons For Finally Killing The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon actually did something right.

After 12 years of being a casually misogynistic, racist, and bafflingly popular prime time sitcom about lazy Star Wars jokes, The Big Bang Theory is finally ending. In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Productions announced the news yesterday saying, "We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show's success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close."

But they didn't give an exact reason. Had they run out of ways for Sheldon to insult women? Did they finally realize that Howard was a sexual deviant? Had they exhausted the number of jokes about women walking into a comic book shop?

Please take a look at the highbrow humor of the number one comedy in America:

Yeah, this shit won 10 Emmys.

It turns out, though, that we can actually thank actor Jim Parsons for freeing America from the waking nightmare that is Big Bang Theory, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly:

With a reported salary near $1 million per episode, Parsons—along with his four original costars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg—stood to make more than $50 million including profits if he agreed to stay on TBBT for two more years, which is what CBS was trying to negotiate.But Parsons was ready to say goodbye to the ensemble sitcom that made him a household name. Since there is no show without Dr. Sheldon Cooper, next spring’s 12th season finale of The Big Bang Theory will mark the end of the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history.


Of course, the show will be back whenever Young Sheldon is old enough to reboot the series as Old Sheldon.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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