An article saying Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, quit the hit show after a fight is fake.
The bogus report was posted on Empire News, a “satirical” website.
“It looks as though of the most beloved characters on television today, Sheldon Cooper, won’t be returning to The Big Bang Theory for its 8th season, after actor Jim Parsons has walked-off set and quit the show because of an on-set fight with co-star Johnny Galecki,” it reads.
The satire report had tens of thousands of shares and “likes” on Facebook this week.
Empire News has a disclaimer, saying it shouldn’t be taken seriously.
“Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental,” it reads.
A number of people thought the report was real.
“Big Bang Theory without Sheldon will bomb. The character is annoying and self absorbed but those flaws make for good stories. No Sheldon no show,” said one person on Facebook.
Another added: “Big Bang Theory without Sheldon Cooper will be like The Office without Michael Scott. The die hard fans will watch disappointed just to see how it ends, but it will never recover to the glory it had without the character that made us all tune in at the start. Jim Parsons/Sheldon is who kept me watching through many (though enjoyed) monotonous story lines, he will be truly missed if he does not return.”