"I haven't read [the script] yet, so I don't know," Parsons told USA Today outside Comic Con International. "I know that Sheldon left on a train at the end of last season, and my first question was 'are you writing me off?'"
Earlier this week, rumors circulated the Internet that Parsons quit The Big Bang Theory after the satirical news site, Empire News, claimed an on-set fight between him and co-star Johnny Galecki caused the actor to walk off the set and quit. Bazinga!
While those claims are indeed false, Parsons, along with co-stars Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) have yet to sign on a contract to return to the number-one television comedy, negotiating major salary increases (around $1 million per episode). Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) have both secured deals with Warner Bros. granting pay raises, according to sources from The Hollywood Reporter.
Writers of The Big Bang Theory once again took center stage on the BBT panel on Friday at Comic Con, which not even Parsons was part of. The spoiler-free and actor-free panel discussed some burning questions for next season, including whether Penny and Leonard will actually get married. Showrunner Steve Molaro reassured fans that there will be no rush there.
With a guest ape-earance (ha) by Wil Wheaton in a monkey suit, the panel even showed a hilarious faux-trailor for Penny and Wheaton's movie, Serial Ape-ist 2: Monkey See, Monkey Kill. Watch the trailer below.
Jim Parsons will be co-starring alongside Rihanna in the upcoming Dreamworks animated film, Home, which will hit theaters in March 2015.
Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory is scheduled to return to CBS in September.
Where do you think next season will take Sheldon? Do you think he will ever return to Pasadena, or do you think he's happier just riding the trains? Let us know in the comments below.