Jim Parsons Talks Coming Out, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Ending and More

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Television is going to be a little less funny come this fall.

Jim Parsons and crew recently said goodbye to their sitcom Big Bang Theory after a 12-year run on CBS. It was one of the most watched network television shows of its time and garnered a ton of trophies including 4 Primetime Emmy Awards and 1 Golden Globe award for its primary star.

The 46-year-old discussed BBT‘s end and his legendary character Sheldon in Variety‘s inaugural “Power of Pride” issue that hit newsstands yesterday, June 19.

Credit: Sophy Holland for Variety

He appears alongside several other key players in the LGBTQ world like Billy Eicher, Hannah Gadsby, Don Lemon, Asia Kate Dillon, and MJ Rodriguez.

“No matter how successful you are, even if you’re a huge success in movies, you don’t get to check into the same parking space for 12 years,” Jim said about his time with BBT. “This is not how someone in a creative profession normally gets to behave. Most human beings crave that structure, so I can see how it causes some hurricanes in the heart.”

He also held nothing back when it came to how he did as Sheldon. “I played the s**t out of that character, and some people could have done it longer probably — I don’t mean our show, but this relationship with the character. But I feel like we really wrung that material for what it was.”

Jim’s emotions were also high when discussing his coming out process. It was first discussed during an interview with The New York Times in 2012.

“Once it was out in the public, I was like, ‘Well, f**k you! If you still have a problem with gay people, you directly have a problem with me. Being a full-fledged member of it and claiming it, there was just an elation there, and there still is! I still feel it. It’s a huge relief, and it’s also really nice to sometimes be able to feel righteous anger.”

You can read all of Jim’s interview here

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