Jim Parsons Not Returning To ‘Big Bang Theory’? $1 Million Per Episode Not Enough?

Jim Parsons might not return to The Big Bang Theory for a couple of reasons. First, there have been salary negotiations with the whole cast for weeks, and with production just about ready to go, the cast is still in limbo because they haven’t agreed to a deal. If Parsons or any of the other leads (including Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) don’t get the money that they want, there’s a chance that some of them will threaten to walk — or worse. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the five lead actors are asking for $1 million per episode!

Money aside, there are other reasons that people fear Parsons won’t be reprising his role as Sheldon Cooper this season. Since Sheldon “left” in the season finale, deciding that he needed a change, there’s a chance that he won’t come back. Fans of the show feared that Sheldon would be featured on the next season less — or maybe not at all.

Jim Parsons hasn’t really hinted at leaving The Big Bang Theory, however, and that’s a great sign. According to Yahoo! UK, it’s possible that Sheldon won’t actually leave — that he won’t even get on the train as he planned. Parsons was asked about this scenario, and it sounds like it’s a possibility.

Parsons said:

“I never thought of that, but you’re right… he could show back up at home immediately, couldn’t he?”

Parsons also said that he likes the way his character has been written on the show in regard to Amy Farrah Fowler (played by actress Mayim Bialik) and he hopes that pace continues:

“I don’t know that we’re headed for the bedroom or the altar any time soon but, whatever… the writers have been so good with the pace of it, just bring more is all I would say.”

Jim Parsons certainly won’t be written off the show, even if contract negotiations aren’t solved, right? Sheldon Cooper is the best character (arguably) and his presence really provides the show’s glue. While he may be missing for one or two episodes at most, it seems fairly obvious that Sheldon will be back — and if he gets a raise? It will show that he’s considered valuable, and a valuable cast member won’t be written off the show. Christian Today reports that the show will be changing (mainly because Penny and Leonard will be getting married) — but that change won’t necessarily be a bad thing.

The only way Parsons would leave The Big Bang Theory is if it was his own choice. Parsons might decide to move on from the show in the future, but he seems happy where he is right now. And fans of the show are happy too.

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