Entertainment TV 'The Big Bang Theory' Ended Because Jim Parsons Wanted to Leave: Report Jim Parsons found fame through The Big Bang Theory, but his desire to walk away from the show reportedly led to series' end By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 23, 2018 08:44 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jim Parsons found fame through The Big Bang Theory, but his desire to say goodbye to the show reportedly led to beloved comedy’s end. CBS, Warner Bros. TV, and Chuck Lorre Productions announced on Wednesday that the high-rated CBS series will conclude in May 2019. When it does wrap up, it will be the longest-running multi-camera series in TV history. But according to Entertainment Weekly, CBS was trying to negotiate two more seasons — talks that ended when Parsons decided to walk away. Parsons won four Emmys and one Golden Globe for his role on The Big Bang Theory. The actor — and original costars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar — reportedly earned nearly $1 million per episode, meaning they would have made more than $50 million in profits, according to EW. CBS had no comment. A rep for Parsons did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock Macaulay Culkin Shades The Big Bang Theory in Explaining Why He Turned Down Show Three Times In a joint statement on Wednesday, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “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.” Speaking to PeopleTV on the Paleyfest red carpet in March, the cast (which also includes Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch) admitted they couldn’t really picture their life after the series. “I actually can’t, to be honest,” said Cuoco. “I can’t really picture it. And I don’t think there really will be my life without it — I think it’ll always be there, I think it’ll always be running, I think we’ll always have those fans. It’s always going to be a part of me.” Nayyar said the ending would be “very sad,” explaining, “I grew up on this show — I was a kid out of grad school. I don’t even know how to comprehend that.” “All shows except The Simpsons come to an end,” said producer Chuck Lorre. “So at some time, we will wrap it up and someone will tell us, ‘It’s time to wrap it up.’ It’s certainly not my call.” The final season of The Big Bang Theory premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.