'The Big Bang Theory' season 9 spoilers: Kunal Nayyar says the end is near for sitcom


A month before “The Big Bang Theory” formally draws the curtain on their ninth installment, sitcom star Kunal Nayyar said that the end is near for the beloved comedy show.

Technically, the actor is looking farther ahead with his comment as the show is slated to be back for season 10. However, longer than that, he admitted that time is no longer on their side.

“We have one more series in our contract, that’s season 10. Other than that, I don’t know. But I’ll keep doing it for as long as they will have me,” Nayyar was quoted by The Spec.

The British Indian actor plays Rajesh Koothrappali in the show, an astrophysicist from New Delhi, India who has a penchant for ladies. He and his cast mates Johnny Galecki (Howard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard), Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) are among the highest paid television cast ensembles in the world.

“You know I wake every day and get a script and I open it and it’s like Christmas morning, because I’m just so excited to read it, the writers never let us down, they are such incredible story tellers and they have evolved these characters so beautifully,” Nayyar gushed. “Sometimes you don’t get the time to do what you want but we’ve had so much time and hopefully we’ll have a little bit more. I just trust the writers.”

In an ideal world, it may be a good idea to keep a good show like “The Big Bang Theory” in multitude of seasons, but even showrunner Steve Molaro acknowledged the fact that there will come a time that they will need to eventually step away from the comedy sitcom. As previously reported, Molaro was even tinkering on the possibility of ending the show after season 10.

As for Nayyar, he is looking for a couple more years saying, “Maybe it will go to 11, 12 or 13. I will do it as long as I can. But I think it is somewhere in that range.”

Meanwhile, “The Big Bang Theory” will continue next week, April 21, with an episode titled “The Viewing Party Combustion,” where Leonard and Sheldon continue to be at odds and the rest of the gang forced to pick which side they will pledge their allegiance to. 

“The Big Bang Theory” season 9 airs every Thursday night, at 8 P.M. EST on CBS