Filming on the last-ever episode of “The Big Bang Theory” has been completed, and star Kunal Nayyar dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to share his feelings on the hit sitcom coming to an end after 12 seasons.
Nayyar spoke with guest host tWitch (subbing for Ellen DeGeneres) to discuss what it was like to film the series finale.
According to the actor, 38, he was overcome with emotion after filming the final episode, and admitted he’s also a bit hungover. “I drank my weight in tequila last night,” he quipped.
He also said that he’s “exhausted,” telling tWitch that after filming the finale he and the rest of the cast had their hands imprinted in cement at Hollywood’s famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
“I don’t think there’s any word in any language ever written that could describe what I’m feeling,” he explains. “I’m feeling all of it. I’m feeling sad, I’m feeling exhilarated, I’m feeling tired… I’m cried out, I’m laughed out, probably a little overwhelmed…”
Asked about the show’s final taping, Nayyar admits it was tough to make it through without becoming emotional.
“I had held it together pretty well, but then the last scene that I was shooting they added a joke, and I said it, and I thought I’d get another chance… but then they said, ‘No, we got it, alright, moving on,'” he said.
“And then those were the last words I was going to say as the character,” he added. “As I was walking up to my dressing room, with every step, the realization that those were the last words I would ever say as Raj began to really sink in. And I cried. I cried a lot. It was very cathartic. It was nice, actually.”
The series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” airs on May 16.