Additionally, the passing of the actor’s father at the age of 52 prompted Jim Parsons, at 46, to reconsider his goals for the future.
He added: “If you told me that, like my father, I had six years left to live, I think there’s other things I need to try and do. I don’t even know what they are, but I can tell that I need to try.”
Although Parsons reprises his role to narrate the spin-off Young Sheldon as the child prodigy’s older self, it’s unlikely the mainline series will continue without his involvement.
The Big Bang Theory seasons 1-12 are available to stream on Netflix.