"The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons has expressed "intense gratitude" to the fans of the show, his crew and his castmates after Wednesday's news that the next 12th season will be the last for the best rated CBS comedy series .
Parsons posted an Instagram photo of themselves on Thursday and the core members of the show – Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch – when they went to work on Wednesday during the last 24 episodes of the Warner Bros. .
"It is difficult (almost impossible, really) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the last 24 episodes that we are going to make for & # 39; The Big Bang Theory & # 39;", wrote Parsons, who Emmy Awards has won for his role. Parsons' desire to end his run at the show after this season was a big factor in the decision of CBS and Warner Bros. TV to call a wrap next spring.
"I feel so deeply grateful to our devoted viewers, who are the FACTUAL reason that we are blessed with the ability to explore these characters for 12 years of our lives," wrote Parsons. "[The crew] are in many ways the real steady heartbeat that keeps this body of work alive and breathing, while we, like waving arms and legs, behave like traps and fools in an effort to make someone laugh. The writers are the ones who come up with organic, entertaining ways to keep the life of this show going, which is a much more challenging task than anyone else they will ever know or understand. "
Parsons also thanked all the actors who appeared on the show because they are "my playmates I fell in love with and who have become part of my life when switching on and off." We look each other in the eye and say these words and ultimately make this strange, different reality that has enriched my life more than I will ever fully understand, "he wrote. "I will miss you all and all this more than I can say and more than I can know at the moment."
In recent years Parsons has spread beyond "Big Bang" with film roles, most recently in the indie "A Kid Like Jake" versus Claire Danes, and Broadway productions including "The Boys in the Band", "An Act of God," "Harvey," and "The Normal Heart." He also participated in HBO & # 39; s 2014 editing of "Normal Heart", for which he earned an Emmy nomination.