In addition to his dog's death, another personal decision led to his departure from the show.
As the shooting schedule for season 12 of The Big Bank Theory approached, the actor realized he would be age 46 by the close of filming. His father died at the of age 52, and the six-year difference made him deeply ponder his future.
“I’m not superstitious or anything like that. It was just a context thing," he told Tennant.
After returning to Los Angeles from New York, Parsons told Big Bang writers Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro that he needed to try other things — even if he didn't know what they would be.
“It was clarity thrust upon you, as Shakespeare might have said," Parsons added about his summer in New York. “I didn’t know that I was searching for it but between the dog and the foot, I was just like … ‘Okay. Let's take charge here,' " said Parsons.
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In a post on Instagram in May 2018, Parsons addressed the end of BBT and shared a group photo taken on set with costars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
“It is hard (nearly impossible, actually) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the final 24 episodes we will shoot for The Big Bang Theory,” Parsons wrote. “I feel very fortunate that we have another 23 episodes to shoot this season because I am hopeful that with each and every one, my level of REALLY accepting this fact will sink in.”
“And while I know that they already know it, it bears repeating again and again: I am so terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here — whether they were in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become a part of my life on set and off,” he continued. “You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand. I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.”
Since the show's series finale in May 2019, Parsons is back to working in TV. He is co-producing the new Fox comedy, Call Me Kat, starring his BBT costar Bialik, which is part of the network's 2020-2021 programming slate.
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