Fans had their own theories, but the only real “big bang” was being told they had it wrong! That’s what happened when Jim Parsons shut down some rumours that he was snubbing his co-star Mayim Bialik, when really he was just exercising something so few celebrities have: privacy!

Parsons and Bialik, who play on-air couple Sheldon and Amy on The Big Bang Theory, found themselves the subject of some controversy when Parsons, ironically, posted on Instagram about someone else entirely, Canadian pro tennis player Eugenie Bouchard. The actor shared a beautiful picture of Bouchard and wrote, “Good luck to @geniebouchard who begins her bid for the @australianopen today! The time difference makes some matches difficult to catch live, but I’ll be rooting for you even if I’m asleep!”

Seems harmless, right? Well, his fans didn’t think so, finding it rude that he wrote well wishes to Bouchard, but didn’t say a word, congratulations or otherwise, to Mayim Bialik for winning the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series the night prior. Fans exploded in the comments, both at Parsons and each other, over this potential snub.

But don’t worry, because in his following Instagram post, Jim Parsons set the record straight. He posted a picture of the text he sent Mayim Bialik congratulating her on her win, saying she deserved it and that he’s really happy for her. And then, in the comment he wrote with the picture, Parsons cleverly threw the hammer down on his haters. “A text I wrote to Mayim when she won her Critics Choice award,” he wrote. “I realize some of you kids think nothing is ‘real’ if it isn’t posted on social media, but some of us old people still manage to communicate somewhat privately. Thanks for the lecture, though!”

This second post has received over 73,000 likes and counting, as lots of people, many of whom are likely old enough to remember when social media didn’t exist, appreciated what Parsons was saying. “You’re right Jim! I agree with you! Now everything has to be ‘necessarily’ shared on the social, not only for VIP also for ‘normal’ people…[sic]” wrote one follower, while another had the sense to say, “I’m so incredibly sorry that they put you in this situation. It’s extremely rude and disrespectful. I really hope you understand that your real fans respect your privacy and we outnumber them.” Hopefully fans of Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik alike will think twice before jumping to conclusions next time, because he clearly has no problem fighting back to squash unnecessary rumors.

Photos: Instagram/therealjimparsons