Actor 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, August 22nd, 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.
Reps for CBS and Parsons did not immediately respond to People.com’s requests for comment.
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 September 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.