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'Big Bang Theory' to end with Season 12; Cuoco 'drowning in tears'

By Karen Butler
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'Big Bang Theory' to end with Season 12; Cuoco 'drowning in tears'
From left, "The Big Bang Theory" stars Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar appear backstage at the 42nd annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on January 6, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory will be the sitcom's last, producers announced Wednesday.

Starring Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, the show is scheduled to wrap in May.

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"We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show's success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close," Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.

The final season of The Big Bang Theory is slated to debut Sept. 24.

"This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets," Cuoco wrote on Instagram. "No matter when it was going to end, my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet. To the fans, our crew, families, Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers, CBS, and everyone who has supported us for so many years, thank you. We are goin out with a bang."

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