The actor’s decision to say goodbye to group leader Sheldon kickstarted the beginning of the end of the long-running sitcom, which decided to not continue without their leading man. Cue about a year’s worth of sad goodbyes, cast lasts, and even some groundbreaking moments, as they became the first TV show to have their hands memorialised in cement at Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre. So with such a winning show still going strong, why quit it? Well, speaking to Variety’s Power Of Pride issue – it came down to just knowing when to let something go. He explained: ‘I played the s**t out of that character, and some people could have done it longer probably — I don’t mean our show, but this relationship with the character.
‘But I feel like we really wrung that material for what it was.’ Jim later added that he essentially was getting cravings for something new, adding that ‘you don’t get to check into the same parking space for 12 years’. True to his word, after finishing the show, he uprooted his life and moved to the other side of the US – setting up a home in New York.
The Big Bang Theory appeared to achieve the impossible with its final episode, as 18million people tuned into the heartwarming ending that didn’t disappoint the tried-and-true fans in the process. Finally earning the Nobel Prize he had been working towards since season one, alongside wife Amy Farrah-Fowler, Jim’s character Sheldon got rid of his long-winded speech and instead chose to thank the friends that had put up with him for so long in the process.
Amy, played by Mayim Bialik, decided to dedicate her speech to young women wanting to get into the profession, even though it was a male-dominated industry. Then they all went home and ate Chinese and we cried for about three hours afterwards.