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Jim Parsons reveals how the ‘very intense’ summer of 2018 led him to quit The Big Bang Theory

‘I was on the edge of a cliff’: Jim Parsons reveals how ‘really intense’ summer of 2018 led him to quit The Big Bang Theory

His hugely successful sitcom The Big Bang Theory came to an end in 2019 after 12 seasons.

And now Jim Parsons is talking about how he came to the decision to pull the plug on the CBS show that made him famous, won him four Emmys and earned him the Forbes title of the world’s highest paid TV actor of 2018 .

I spoke to former Doctor Who star David Tennant on an episode of the Scottish actor podcast, Parsons explained that the summer of 2018 had been ‘very intense’ and ‘I had this moment of clarity that …’ I have to make a move. ”

'I Was Exhausted': Jim Parsons revealed that a 'very intense' summer in 2018 in which his dog died led him to walk away from his hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory

‘I Was Exhausted’: Jim Parsons revealed that a ‘very intense’ summer in 2018 in which his dog died led him to walk away from his hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory

Parsons started playing Sheldon Cooper in 2007 alongside a cast that included Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch.

But after filming season 11, he spent his hiatus from the sitcom starring on Broadway in The Boys In The Band.

During that time, his beloved 14-year-old dog died and he started to feel overwhelmed.

“I was exhausted,” he told Tennant, as reported by the UK Radio times.

‘I felt like I was on the edge of a cliff. I staggered and saw something very dark below between the dog’s death. ‘

Share: Parsons, 47, spoke candidly with former Doctor Who star David Tennant about a recent episode of the Scottish actor's podcast

Share: Parsons, 47, spoke candidly with former Doctor Who star David Tennant about a recent episode of the Scottish actor's podcast

Share: Parsons, 47, spoke candidly with former Doctor Who star David Tennant about a recent episode of the Scottish actor’s podcast

Star: Parsons started playing Sheldon Cooper in 2007. The role not only made him famous; it also earned him four Emmys and earned him the Forbes title of highest paid TV actor of 2018

Star: Parsons started playing Sheldon Cooper in 2007. The role not only made him famous; it also earned him four Emmys and earned him the Forbes title of highest paid TV actor of 2018

Star: Parsons started playing Sheldon Cooper in 2007. The role not only made him famous; it also earned him four Emmys and earned him the Forbes title of highest paid TV actor of 2018

He also shared that he realized that by the end of filming in season 12 of his show, he would be 46, only six years younger than his father when he passed away in 2001 at the age of 52.

It helped convince him that there were other things to try and do in his life.

Parsons reportedly turned down the offer of a $ 50 million contract to play in two more seasons of The Big Bang Theory in order to fulfill his promise to himself to start a new chapter.

His decision prompted CBS to cancel the sitcom altogether, something he told Tennant he didn’t want.

Quit: The Big Bang Theory came to an end in May 2019 after 12 seasons. Parson's decision to leave the show prompted CBS to cancel the sitcom altogether, something he said he didn't want to.

Quit: The Big Bang Theory came to an end in May 2019 after 12 seasons. Parson's decision to leave the show prompted CBS to cancel the sitcom altogether, something he said he didn't want to.

Quit: The Big Bang Theory came to an end in May 2019 after 12 seasons. Parson’s decision to leave the show prompted CBS to cancel the sitcom altogether, something he said he didn’t want to.

Parsons, who is married to art director Todd Spiewak, was last seen on Ryan Murphy’s Netflix limited series Hollywood and has also recorded on a large screen version of the musical The Boys In The Band.

When it ended in May 2019, The Big Bang Theory became the longest-running multi-camera series in television history.

During its 12 seasons, the sitcom received 52 Emmy nominations, including 10 wins and seven Golden Globe nominations.

Couple: Parsons, who is married to art director Todd Spiewak, was last seen in Ryan Murphy's Netflix limited series Hollywood

Couple: Parsons, who is married to art director Todd Spiewak, was last seen in Ryan Murphy's Netflix limited series Hollywood

Couple: Parsons, who is married to art director Todd Spiewak, was last seen in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix limited series Hollywood

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