It has already been confirmed that “The Big Bang Theory” will at least return for two more seasons, but now one of its leading actors Kunal Nayyar has admitted that the hugely popular sitcom could easily end after season 12.
“I’m not saying it’s the end after season 12, but we know that this incredible, special thing is going to come to an end, and sooner rather than later,” Nayyar explained to Digital Spy. “I think all of us are at least beginning to feel a little bit nostalgic about the time we’ve had.”
Nayaar, who has played the particle astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali throughout “The Big Bang Theory’s” hugely successful run, then gave a pretty succinct explanation for why the show will probably come to an end in the next couple of years.
“I mean, no-one wants to see an old, fat Raj,” Nayyar declared, before then admitting, “I don’t know if season 12’s going to be the last season – those decisions are not up to me – but I do know for a fact that we have less [episodes to come] than we’ve already had.”
Despite originally being met with scorn from some critics, “The Big Bang Theory” quickly became one of the most popular shows on television after it originally aired in 2007. The show has regularly pulled in average viewing figures of between 18 and 20 million viewers ever since its sixth season, while, because of this huge success, its leading triumvirate Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco have been paid $1 million per episode since season 8. By the start of season 10 Simon Helberg and Nayyar had signed contracts to receive this sum, too.
“The Big Bang Theory” will return to US screens with its 11th season on September 25, 2017, while season 12 will eventually follow in 2018.