‘Big Bang Theory’ star Johnny Galecki hints series may end after season 12

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"Big Bang Theory" is currently on its 11th season. (CBS)

The CBS comedy show “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the most successful and longest running shows on television, with its 11th season currently ongoing and a 12th season confirmed to follow it. However, actor Johnny Galecki, who plays one of the major characters in the show, Leonard, has hinted that the series may call it quits after the 12th season.

The actor spoke about the future of the award-winning show during Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California on Saturday, sharing that they haven’t officially discussed the future end of the series.

“The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping [‘The Big Bang Theory’] has been that we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes,” said the actor. “But I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families.”

Since 2007, when the show first premiered, “The Big Bang Theory” has been a consistently successful sitcom for CBS. The series has also earned praise from fans and critics alike, earning accolades season after season.

As a sign of CBS’ confidence in the comedy series, the network renewed the show in March, confirmed both an 11th and 12th season. However, with its success, the show has also become very expensive for the network and the series producer Warner Brothers, with its top stars earning $1 million per episode.

The actor stars in the hit show alongside Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik.

In other news, Galecki is also reprising his role as David on the upcoming reboot of the series “Roseanne” on rival network ABC. The actor explained why he will only appear in one episode of the rebooted series, sharing that there were politics to be concerned about when appearing on a show on a rival network.

“It was probably most uncomfortable only to me,” he said, “because obviously ‘Big Bang’ is my home and my family. But I probably wouldn’t have been on ‘Big Bang’ if it hadn’t been for Roseanne. So there were the politics to be considerate about, but everyone was very supportive.”