The Big Bang Theory: Kaley Cuoco could ‘barely make eye contact’ with Jim Parsons while filming the latest series


A new oral history of The Big Bang Theory revealed how Jim Parsons apparently “blindsided” his co-stars with his decision to come out.

Jessica Radloff’s next book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of Epic Success highlights the dramatic conclusion to the hit series, which came to an end in 2019 after 12 seasons.

According Yahoo! EntertainmentParsons – who played the character of Sheldon – told Radloff: “I don’t think there was a part of me that actually thought I would do more seasons. [of Big Bang] after the twelfth.

“I was ready to…step out of the security of the show to fully experience what awaited me next.”

Parson’s co-star Simon Helberg, who played Howard Wolowitz on the show, also felt ready to leave, but insisted he and Parsons didn’t think their departures would end the show in his outfit.

“That was not to say that we had any expectation that the show would end or that there would be any sort of attempt by the producers, studio, or network to keep the show going. ongoing, whether or not we were involved,” Helberg said in the book.

The producers, however, didn’t want to proceed without Parsons, who told them of his decision after the chart was read for the Season 12 premiere.

“There was never any question of going on without him,” said executive producer Steve Malaro. “The show was that set, and the idea of ​​doing a weird version without it just didn’t seem right.”

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Radloff noted that the producers waited almost a week before telling the rest of the cast, after which Kaley Cuoco – who played Penny – went to see series creator Chuck Lorre in tears.

“We cried for hours,” she said in the book. “We thought we were going to do another year, so all of a sudden your life flashes before your eyes. I looked at Chuck and I said, ‘What are we going to do?’ I couldn’t breathe. It was just like a death.

Cuoco and Jonathan Galecki, who played his love interest Leonard, were apparently so upset by the news that filming became uncomfortable.

“None of them were talking between scenes,” Molaro said. “Kaley could barely make eye contact with Jim during the race, but they got away with it.”

Speaking about the sticky situation, Galecki told Radcliffe that the actors weren’t opposed to Parson’s choice to leave, but were upset that their co-star didn’t approach them before telling producers.

Some of the sitcom’s stars are reportedly fetching up to $1 million per episode

“I just didn’t agree with the way it was handled,” the actor said of the meeting where they were told the news. “We thought we were going to Chuck’s office to talk about renegotiation, and then Chuck handed over to Jim. And Jim was shocked and obviously caught off guard.”

Showrunner Steve Holland added that the cast didn’t want to “end” the series on an “ugly” note.

“If this was going to be the last season, they were going to put aside their anger, their frustration and their differences and enjoy every minute of it.”

The last episode of The Big Bang Theory aired May 16, 2019.


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