6:39am PT by Ryan Parker
'Big Bang Theory' Stars Say Farewell After Shooting Series Finale
On Tuesday, the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory said their goodbyes via social media as the hit CBS show taped what would be its final episode after 12 seasons.
Premiering Sept. 24, 2007, the sitcom starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch will air its 279th and last episode May 16.
Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, was among the first to post on social media, which she did while heading into Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank for the final taping. "Here we go. One last time," she wrote, along with sharing a picture of the iconic lot water tower.
Other castmembers shared pictures of their final pretaping huddle, an intimate moment that they have done since their first show.
The series finale was taped in the evening before a jam-packed studio audience that was complete with several members of the cast and crew’s friends and family. Multiple stars — including Galecki, Cuoco, Bialik and Rauch — cried at various parts of the evening.
Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth was, as per usual, on hand for the two-and-a-half-hour production. Lorre and Prady, as well as executive producer Steve Molaro and showrunner Steve Holland and regular director Mark Cendrowski, were all consumed by hugs at various points throughout the night.
Galecki and Cuoco each took turns addressing the live studio audience with emotional thanks to the diehard fans who supported the show for the past 12 seasons. The onscreen couple have made addressing the audience a regular part of their roles on tape night but Tuesday’s greeting to the fans present — some of whom waited in line for 14 hours for a seat — was beyond emotional as both actors cried as their 12-year journey came to a conclusion.
The CBS nerdy comedy will wrap as TV’s longest-running multicamera comedy in history. Both Galecki and Cuoco will host a retrospective that airs the night of the series finale.
See the touching farewells from the Big Bang cast and crew below.
Here we go. One last time. pic.twitter.com/LR8rhQNvvd— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 30, 2019
We have done this 278 times. Before every show. For 12 years. Tonight we’ll do it for the last time. pic.twitter.com/5sA2guihQ5— Simon Helberg (@simonhelberg) April 30, 2019
A post shared by Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco) on
knock, knock, knock, thank you... Thank you, apartment 4A, for being a home to so many dreams come true, to so many friendships made. And thank YOU, ALL of you - yes, YOU, reading this right NOW! As we get ready to tape our final episode tonight, to walk in and out of this apartment door for the last time, it is hard to find the words to articulate what a profound experience this has been. But the words “love” and “gratitude” come to mind... so love and gratitude to all of you. ALL of you. Thank you. (oh! and happy birthday to @sanctionedjohnnygalecki and @kunalkarmanayyar - talk about good timing... may your next 12 years be as vibrant and wonderful as the last 12 years in which i’ve had the pleasure to know and work with you both )
A post shared by Jim Parsons (@therealjimparsons) on
Thank you Thank you for your words Thank you for your encouragement Thank you for tuning in night in and night out Thank you for the stories you shared about how this show made you feel Thank you too, for the not so nice times Thank you, for lifting us up when we were down Fame can feel like a cage, so Thank you for making us feel safe enough to be free. Thank you for letting me share my birthday on stage with my six best friends, And Thank you, for you, because without you- there would be no us. So this goes out to you, the fans... One last time. In love and gratitude, -Kunal
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Additional reporting by Lesley Goldberg.