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Jim Parsons talks about coming out and reveals why he quit The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons talks about coming out and reveals why he quit The Big Bang Theory

  • The actor says coming out was ‘a great thing’.
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons says it was a ‘great thing’ for him to come out as gay in 2012.

Parsons, 47, played Sheldon Cooper in the multi-award winning TV series. He was speaking with former Doctor Who David Tenant on the actor’s podcast.

Tenant said: ‘It’s interesting when you have the success that you have had and you also happen to be gay, you become de facto an activist.

‘The very fact that you admit that in a world where still not everyone who’s in that position is willing to talk about it…’

And Parsons replied: ‘That’s right. And that was my last hurdle coming out. The press. I knew that “you’ll be a gay actor from here on out”.

‘And now, looking back, not only has it not been a bad thing for me, it’s been the opposite and a great thing for me.’

Exhaustion made Parsons quit The Big Bang Theory

Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons on their wedding day.
Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons on their wedding day. Instagram

Parsons also said his coming out was an organic process, rather than a single big decision.

The actor had already been living with his now husband, art director Todd Spiewak, for 10 years.

And interviewing Parsons for The New York Times, Patrick Healy asked him if it was important for him to be starring in the Broadway revival of The Normal Heart as a gay man.

Now he tells Tenant it was natural for him to reply ‘yes’ because ‘I wasn’t trying to hide from my friends and family’.

Indeed, Parsons has previously said his relationship with Spiewak inspired him to be open about his sexuality. Moreover, he’s also previously said his coming out was ‘wonderful’ and ‘a gift’.

Meanwhile the podcast also touched on why Parsons decided to quit The Big Bang Theory.

The show became the longest-running of its kind, receiving 52 Emmy nominations and seven Golden Globe nominations. It also made Parsons the world’s highest earning TV actor.

But his decision to leave meant the comedy series came to an end.

Parsons told Tennant 2018 had been an ‘intense’ year for him, including the death of his beloved dog. And he realized he had to make a change:

‘I was exhausted. I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff. I was teetering and I saw something really dark below between the death of the dog.’