7:02am PT by Ryan Parker
'Big Bang Theory' Cast Assumed Series Finale Would Be "Divisive"
The Big Bang Theory, CBS' longest-running sitcom in studio history (12 seasons), reached its conclusion Thursday night, and the cast assumed that the finale would be loved — and disliked.
Joining Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that same evening, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch talked about their feelings now that their beloved show had ended but has also been cemented in television history.
"It was hard, we had a lot of anxieties about how this was going to go," said Cuoco, who played Penny. "Us as actors, the writers, there is a lot of pressure on how to end this."
Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, told Colbert he spoke with one particular nervous writer during the process of mapping out the show's bookend.
"I was like, 'Well, you can't get it wrong because it's yours, you've been writing it all this time'," he said. "And I said, 'Look at it this way: You can't get it right. It's a series finale. Someone's going to hate it.' They're all divisive one way or the other. But I can't imagine it'll be that divisive, what they did."
Cuoco called the last day of shooting "bizarre" and said it felt like the last day of school when little to no work gets done. She said yearbooks were even created for cast and staff to pass around and sign.
While reminiscing about their auditions, Rauch, who played Bernadette, said she was at the unemployment office the day she landed her try-out. She almost didn't go to her call back because she had more that needed to be done to qualify for her check, but "rolled the dice."
"Thank God," she added.
Helberg, who played Howard, told the late-night host he realized the show was big when the cast visited Mexico City during the second season. "They said we were going to have armed guards, which didn't tip me off for some reason," he said. "Then we landed and people were running after us in the airport."
Of all the guest stars through the years, Galecki, who played Leonard, said Judd Hirsch was his favorite and he personally asked him to play Leonard's dad. "I told him, 'I am a massive fan of Taxi and I kind of tried to base the purpose of my character on the purpose of your character.'"
Watch the full interview, in two parts, below.