Tom Selleck Says He’s the One That Caused the ‘Divorce’ When ‘Magnum P.I.’ Ended

by Leanne Stahulak

It’s incredible to think that Tom Selleck has starred in so many iconic shows and films over the years, from “Magnum P.I.” to “Blue Bloods” to “Three Men and a Baby.”

But Selleck is particularly proud of how far “Blue Bloods” has come. Earlier this year, the show celebrated its 250th episode in its 12th season. That’s a long time on the air, especially for the cast and crew who started with the show in 2010.

To celebrate the 250th episode, Tom Selleck sat down with TV Insider to talk about his projects, both old and new. And to discuss what it means to be part of a franchise for such a long stretch of episodes.

I never thought I’d be lucky enough to do a show that had that long a run. Maybe ‘Magnum, P.I.’ could have reached that number because nobody wanted to cancel it,” Tom Selleck revealed to the outlet. “I was the guy causing the divorce.”

“Magnum P.I.” ran from 1980 to 1988, spanning 158 episodes. In all likelihood, Selleck and the cast probably could have put on more episodes of the police procedural. But Selleck knew that he wanted to take his life in a different direction.

“I’d done the number one movie [‘Three Men and a Baby’] in the U.S. and I wanted to have a family,” Selleck continued. He now has a daughter named Hannah who’s 33 years old. “The number of series that have done as many episodes as ‘Blue Bloods’ is a tiny, tiny percentage. This is a validation that we’re all fighting the good fight. All the actors are very committed to the work. So, it’s a number that gives a reward for the professionalism of this entire cast.”

The entire “Blue Bloods” cast definitely deserves the recognition. But Tom Selleck himself also deserves some praise.

Decades After ‘Magnum P.I.’ Ended, Tom Selleck Became Integral to New Crime Fighting Show

“Magnum P.I.” might have put Tom Selleck on the map, but his fame has continued to grow in the last decade due to “Blue Bloods.”

Conversely, “Blue Bloods” also grew so popular due to Tom Selleck. Showrunner Kevin Wade recently spoke to PopCulture about the impact Selleck has had on his character, Police Commissioner Frank Reagan.

Wade describes Selleck as the “center of gravity” for the show. Because of Selleck’s acting prowess, the “Blue Bloods” writers create stories and plotlines that “have as much conflict and moral quandary and rock in a hard place as we do for a cop going down an alley without a gun.”

And Selleck is always a reference for the writers when it comes to putting his character in certain situations. “I’d go to him and say, ‘We want to do this. We want to do this kind of story,’ Wade said. “Or ‘Have you come up against this kind of character?’ And we talk about it, and eventually, we do it.”

Clearly, Tom Selleck’s word is crucial on the “Blue Bloods” set.