Jim Parsons Up For Emmy Amid Exit Rumors

By: Lacy Langley - July 22, 2014

Jim Parsons is up for an Emmy again this year, and by all accounts, that thing is as good as his. He has been nominated six times, taking home the Emmy three of those times so far. The first in 2010, then in 2011, and 2013.

All those nominations for Jim Parsons’ work on the incredibly popular show, The Big Bang Theory, have him feeling surprised and honored.

“I’m a little floored, I’ll be honest. The very first thing that hit me, and it took a while to sink in was, how lucky am I that I was a part of two different projects that have both been deemed mentionable, if you will, by the peers for this year.”

The Big Bang Theory is also up for (and has practically already won) the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. One of Jim Parsons’ co-stars and his onscreen love, Mayim Bailik, is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Jim Parsons has also been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart on HBO. This could be a really big year for Parsons!

All this Emmy news comes at a rather turbulent time for Jim Parsons and the rest of The Big Bang Theory cast. Talk of contract negotiations being stalled and rumors of Jim Parsons leaving The Big Bang Theory are running rampant. Rumors began with Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon Cooper, appearing to exit the story line as last season ended.

They continue as contracts for leading stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Johnny Galecki remain in limbo for the coming seasons.

However, CBS Chairman of Entertainment Nina Tassler says there’s no reason to worry just yet.

“We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out,” she said last Thursday.

“These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year,” she added.

I hope she’s right. I mean, if Jim Parson goes, The Big Bang Theory would fall apart. That’s my opinion, but what is the show without Sheldon Cooper? Just Leonard and Penny. And we all know how that story will likely end, and most of us don’t care because we watch The Big Bang Theory for Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler.

Hopefully this will all be settled soon and fans of Jim Parsons can stop wringing their hands and get on with life knowing that come September 22nd on CBS, The Big Bang Theory will premiere with all of our favorite nerds intact.

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • Shelly Cooper

    Yep… if Sheldon’s done, I’m done with Big Bang.

  • billyblaq

    Yeah. It would be in the shows best interest to pay Parsons whatever he wants, because without him nobody would watch it.

    • Winston

      Wrong. If it were only Sheldon Cooper the show would never have made it past the introduction episode. It’s the entire mix of socially deprived misfits that makes the series work.

  • Rachel Hebert

    It’s not going to be the same with out Sheldon he makes the show hate to see him go..but..i will watch show till the end cause i think the rest of cast are great also .Will not give up on them smiles.

  • JCJ Bike

    Dude… ride the Big Bang horse until it drops dead. Hollywood is littered with one-hit wonders who thought they would go on to the next big project and make another pile of cash.

    You had no career before this hit so it’s not like you are Jennifer Aniston.

    • Eva Smith

      For that matter, what quality work has Jennifer Aniston done? (well, Horrible Bosses was pretty good. But most of her movies are clunkeroos.)

      • JCJ Bike

        But she was smart enough to ride the “friends” bus until the wheels came off. The last year, she pulled $1 million an episode and was smart enough to know she would be lucky to nab $5 million for a starring roll in a romantic comedy.
        Parsons will get a few roles in the near future because hollywood loves a gay actor but he isn’t leading man material so his roles will be as limited in the future as they were prior to BBT.
        I love his character… he’s great and the lines are cleverly written. I just roll my eyes when I see a TV actor who caught lightening in a bottle think that they can leave early and do it all over again.

        • Eva Smith

          You are right on every single point!

  • Masters1313

    This is all fodder for publicity… He will be returning to the show with the salary increase. Why all the drama….( and I do not even watch the show)

  • Papa Dragon

    He better no leave…He will NEVER achieve better success than he has on TBBT….Now if its a question of money…JUST pay him…This show makes money hand over fist…..Dont make the fans suffer cause of your pride…..Your being anyone (Parsons or CBS Exs) that is willing to f the fans over.

  • goodtech

    I personally don’t watch BIG BANG THEORY for Sheldon Cooper… his Stupidity in the show turned me off several seasons back. I watch for the actions of all the other main characters. Jim Parsons may be important to the show… but I think the show would take a major shift but it’s possible to survive. There are other actors/actresses that can take the main spotlight. There are ways to make the show survive.

  • ExJax

    Negotiation politics…

  • Wison

    Dude was never a household name till this show!! Why would u ever kick this popular show and this easy, easy money 2 Tha curb???

    • joe35

      He’s not. He’ll be back. He loves working on the show and isn’t about to leave.

  • azurleigh

    I feel that one person should not be the total focus of the show. There are several great actors on the show, which I feel are much better than the Sheldon character.
    There must another character that the writers can bring into the group or could expand on one of the others already on the show, one at a time.

    • joe35

      It’s an ensemble cast. All of the characters have gotten their chance to shine and have stories revolve around them. Heck, there was even one episode that season where Sheldon really had no plotline whatsoever and spent most of the episode obsessing over a train set while the others were being focused on.

  • joe35

    If you honestly believe Jim Parsons is leaving the show, you’re a moron.

  • blueyedlorelie

    I hope he wins for The Normal Heart. He was the sensitive but comic relief in the film and a great foyle for Ted Weeks. Wonderful performance.

  • blueyedlorelie

    Oops. Correction: Ned Weeks.

  • Darla

    I hope he has not become one of those really greedy people because this show and their writers is what made his career. The show would flop without him.

  • dangable

    Good show but it has gotten old. If they don’t make some major changes BBT will just continue to slowly die. That being said, I think Sheldon is the one character they can’t do without.

  • jerry

    I like all the team . Helberg and Kunar are integral too along with of course Gulecki.

  • DracoM

    Parsons makes a fortune for CBS and show producers just on merchandising alone! Would anyone really buy Big Bang Theory T shirts, bobble heads, board games, etc. if Sheldon wasn’t part of the show? I seriously doubt it! He is the only “marketable” character in the cast!!!

  • FedUp Veteran

    Please stop all the LBGT garbage being forced upon us by this very minor part of society. If it isnt’ gays and lesbians on TV and movies, it’s in the news and politics and courts. WHat will happen when the LBGT and radical Muslims clash? But will that be a good thing? Heck, if it isn’t the homosexuals taking over movies, it is vampires, zombies, and space aliens devouring humanity. Sickness is everywhere and it’s all Satanic.

    • Brian Dobbs

      Satan loves you, And Allah , Jesus thinks your kind of a cry baby.

  • KD

    This is all due to the negotiations with all their contracts. As soon as he gets his $1M/show, he’ll magically change his mind. But I agree with most here, if he leaves, as good as the other actors are, his character is what pulls them all together.

  • Eva Smith

    Two words: McLean Stevenson. Don’t leave a good thing, especially while the show is still in tip-top shape!

    • Frank Wagner

      better yet…..Cheers

  • Eva Smith

    “Rumors of Jim Parsons leaving The Big Bang Theory are running rampant.”
    BAZINGA!!

  • michael

    if he stays he stays. the show is passes its prime

  • bufny1

    Jim Parsons is to Big Bang Theory as Charlie Sheen was to Two and a Half Men—once Sheen left the show stank (especially with that useless Kutcher)—I see the same fate for Big Bang if Parsons left

  • Randi DeNitzio Perch

    I love the show but we need Sheldon on it, to make the show

  • Frank Wagner

    This show stands to make by some estimates nearly 3 Billion when all said and done….if they expect to remain at the top and float this boat till the end….the increase in per episode costs are a mere drop in the bucket…..and while the character mix is good without Sheldon it won’t last…much like Two and a half men