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Parsons, 48, who was reportedly TV’s highest-paid actor during much of his 12-season run on the smash sitcom — pulling in $1 million per episode! — is swimming in riches after “secretly inking a huge deal” to be cut in on the profits from Bang’s equally popular spinoff, Young Sheldon, an insider tells OK!. 

“He was already a producer and voice actor for Sheldon, and now word is he’s pulled off this sweet bonus,” says the insider. In fact, Parsons’ estimated $160 million fortune makes him even richer than most of the Friends stars. 

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“He really did things right, and folks in Hollywood are green with envy,” the insider dishes, pointing out that Sheldon also just got a 3-year renewal. “It’s crazy to think that Jim was the one who quit Bang, but his role’s still filling his pockets!”

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As OK! previously reported, Parsons knew it was time to leave the popular sitcom when he felt “exhausted” by the industry. Last year, on an episode of the “David Tennant Does a Podcast With…” series, he revealed that there was a lot going on in his life at the time and that he needed to make a change.

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“I had this moment of clarity that I think you’re very fortunate to get in a lot of ways, of going, ‘Don’t keep speeding by.’ You know? ‘Use this time to take a look around.’ And I did. I was like, ‘I gotta make a move,” he said.

At the time, his dog was very ill and he had broken his foot. Parsons knew he had to take care of his pup — and himself. “He just looked so bad and I was so tired and I just started crying. I was like, ‘This dog’s going to die while I’m off working and I feel so bad.’ It was the scariest moment for the next couple of days because I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff. I was teetering and I saw something really dark below,” he said.

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“It was clarity thrust upon you, as Shakespeare might have said,” he added. “I didn’t know that I was searching for it but between the dog and the foot, I was just like … ‘Okay. Let’s take charge here.’”

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