Annie Potts Says ‘Young Sheldon’ Cancelation ‘Ambushed’ Cast

Meemaw with Young Sheldon / YouTube

It looks like CBS canceling Young Sheldon didn’t just frustrate the show’s fans. It seems that it also took many of the cast members by surprise. Annie Potts, who plays Meemaw on Young Sheldon, said the cancelation “ambushed” the entire and she calls it a “stupid business move.”

Here is what Annie Potts said about the show’s cancelation and if this is the least we will see of Meemaw.

Annie Potts Blasts Young Sheldon Cancelation

Annie Potts has played Sheldon Cooper’s Meemaw in Young Sheldon, and the actress has become one of the show’s most popular characters. However, when CBS announced that the current season was the last for the series, Potts said she and other cast members were “ambushed” by the news and weren’t ready to end their roles on the series.

Meemaw with Young Sheldon / YouTube

“If a show is starting to drag or lag or have a lack of stories or whatever, then you kind of see it coming,” Potts said after the show’s cancelation. “We were totally ambushed by this. I was, anyway” (via PEOPLE). She also called it a “stupid business move” because it continues to get high ratings on CBS and with the reruns on Netflix.

Iain Armitage, who plays the titular character on Young Sheldon said he understood why Potts felt the way she did. He said, “I totally get what Annie means. It’s also just hard in a really weird way … I definitely think we could have done a lot more.”

However, the show’s executive producer, Steve Holland, said it was time to end the series. He mentioned Sheldon leaves for Cal Tech, so it was a good time to end it strong, while the show was still successful. With Sheldon leaving his family, Holland felt the story had ended.

Could Meemaw Return In Young Sheldon Spin-Off?

However, this does not mean the Big Bang Theory franchise has ended. While Young Sheldon is ending, a spin-off is coming about Sheldon’s big brother Georgie (Montana Jordan) and his wife Mandy (Emily Osment). Big Bang Theory fans know this marriage won’t last, but it will keep the story going.

Meemaw on Young Sheldon / YouTube

This also means that Annie Potts could return to the series. She said her biggest problem was saying goodbye to the young cast. “I love the children, and it’s been a privilege to watch them grow up,” Potts said. “[Iain is] so grown up, and when we started.” She mentioned that Iain and Raegan Revord (Missy) would get into her lap at the show’s start. Now, they are 15 and 16 years old.

With that said, the Georgie spin-off could still include Missy, as the only character leaving is Sheldon (who could also return as a guest). Meemaw could be back as well since she is part of the family. The Young Sheldon finale could reveal what is next, as Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will appear in future scenes.

What are your thoughts on Annie Potts’s disappointment in Young Sheldon ending? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I completely agree with Annie Potts that I was disappointed about the termination of young Sheldon. But I was happy to see the spin-off of two appealing characters from the show, leaving plenty of room for Meemaw and the rest of the characters all of whom are very engaging! As a former nerdy Southern intellectual, I find the treatment of such characters in that setting with an endearing older relative, who can be brilliant even in that haven of mediocrity. Even Georgie’s revisionist character who becomes a much better spoken Southerner then he grew up, gives him a chance at being the superb Tycoon that he always wanted to be. But A n n i e Potts’ superb stage presence as a loving grandparent is over the top for a still beautiful septogenarian, that matches all of her prior turns in Ghostbusters and Designing Women! I also recently read that Sheldon’s beautiful mother in the show is not even a Bonafide Southerner, despite apparently being Laurie Metcalf’s daughter but a highly educated Yankee with magnificent stage presence, who should get more exposure if she leaves after the transition. Finally, with the show’s popularity, I don’t see the reasoning that a significant diversion from The Big Bang slant couldn’t be obtained with the proper treatment of Southerners being something else but radical racist super religious rednecks, to help dispel the stereotype we labor under. I hope we also get to see more Laurie Metcalf in the new series , because of her superb turns in the Roseanne and Big Bang series! As a former educator who fostered the development of a well-educated executive producer of both the Newhart Show while run and then
    the Roseanne show for a year, I have strong affinity for good stage work, as Miriam Trogdon did in 1967 as the mini Alice in Wonderland, in Charlottesville.

  2. Its time to end. The producers got it right. The series was beginning to lose its shine with Sheldon growing up and going from cutedom to boredom.

  3. I don’t think they should end the series yet. I think it still has more good years. I think there are still more good storylines left.

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