Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar explains why it was time to say goodbye to Raj

The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar has admitted he misses working with Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and the gang on set – but knew it was time to ‘say goodbye’. 

The sitcom juggernaut ran for 12 glorious seasons, during which time they made history as they won countless awards, had a sound stage named after them, and were even cemented in history with a handprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles. 

Ending its run in May 2019, the team have now all moved on to new, more serious projects – with Kunal giving viewers chills as a suspect on Netflix’s Criminal.

But speaking exclusively to, Kunal has explained why the show, and Raj Koothrappali, will always have his heart. 

‘Ah so much! Of course!,’ he said about missing the series. ‘You guys watch the episodes, but we live the reality of filming, rehearsing and living that life. 

‘I miss that stage so much, it was probably one of the only places in the entire universe where I felt absolutely free to be myself without any kind of outside influence, because it was such a safe place.

‘That safe place was created by Chuck Lorre, by the actors, by the crew… we all protected each other. So every day on that set was being at home.

‘It’s not just I miss the actors, I miss all of the crew, I miss all of the writers, I miss it. It was such a happy place, always so happy!’ 

However, after spending more than a decade as hopelessly romantic physicist Raj, he knew it was time to hang up the colourful jumper collection for the last time. 

‘I probably don’t miss playing the character that much anymore,’ he confessed. ‘You know what I mean? I did so much of it and got it out of my system… but I really miss being in front of the audience. 

‘Being with Jim, Johnny, Kaley, Si, Mayim and Melissa. I miss everyone, of course I do. It was such a beautiful and happy place to be.’

‘For me personally, I think the time had come [to end it],’ he concluded. 

‘I think that it was a beautiful way to end. It was a beautiful time, and it was just the way it was supposed to be.’

The Big Bang Theory airs on E4 and Netflix in the UK.

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