Warner Bros. and CBS announced on Wednesday that the next twenty-four episodes will close out uber-popular sitcom The Big Band Theory’s 12-season run—and the Big Bang gang is starting to get emotional about it.
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons,” the network said in a statement. “We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar, who played Penny and Raj Koothrapali respectively, have also reacted to the news. Cuoco said on Instagram
“No matter when it was going to end , my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet.”
Nayyar also posted a photo of their first day of Season 12 filming, and captioned.
“Without you the fans there would be no us. Tonight I sleep with a prayer of gratitude on my lips. This isn’t goodbye… yet… still 23 eps to shoot!” In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nayyar described the show’s ending as “bittersweet.” “I’m ready for the next phase of my life [after] 12 years,” he continued, “yet at the same time I’m sad to be saying goodbye to my family… I’m still trying to process all of it.”
Once The Big Bang Theory ends its filming, it will have a record for the longest running multi-camera sitcom in the history of television.