‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa Records Podcast with His Dog Willie in Glorious New Photo

by John Jamison

Okay, “Blue Bloods” fans. We know you love Steve Schirripa as Anthony Abetemarco on the long-running CBS series. The man has been a delight to watch since he joined the show in 2015. And if you like him as an investigator for the District Attorney’s office, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll like him on the other side of the law.

Fans of “The Sopranos” know Schirripa as Bobby ‘Bacala,’ a soldier in the crime family of Tony Soprano. The HBO classic has gone down as one of the most celebrated shows of all time, and the “Blue Bloods” star co-hosts a podcast featuring in-depth looks at episodes from the series. He recently shared a photo from his podcasting “studio,” complete with his adorable and loyal producer Willie.

Okay, Willie is just a pup, but that doesn’t take anything away from his contributions to the podcast. He even has his own mini-computer. Maybe he’s monitoring the sound levels? Just a guess.

The “Blue Bloods” star co-hosts “Talking Sopranos” with Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti in the HBO classic. In each installment, Steve and Michael take deep dives into making “The Sopranos” episodes. The best part about Steve Schirripa hosting a podcast? He doesn’t even like podcasts.

“I’ve never listened to one moment of a podcast. I tried to listen to a very popular one and I couldn’t last 60 seconds. Nothing against them, it’s just me. I’m very impatient. And I don’t want to copy what other people do or how it works. So I’m just doing my own thing. I’m not a podcast guy. I have a flip phone for Chrissake,” Schirripa told GQ in a 2020 interview.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa Likened His Role on ‘The Sopranos’ to Winning the Lottery

“Blue Bloods” fans who love Anthony Abetemarco owe a big debt of gratitude to “The Sopranos.” Without his role as Bobby Bacala, there’s a pretty good chance Schirripa never pops up on the “Blue Bloods” radar.

He was working in restaurants, completely unknown as an actor, when he landed an unassuming role on a show that would become one of TV’s biggest.

“Sometimes, you don’t take a step back to think about that, cause sometimes you’re looking for the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. But yeah, I’ve got very lucky to be part of all these projects, and I work very hard and I’m lucky. And listen, I wasn’t really an actor before ‘The Sopranos.’ I was, but I had a day job, so to get on any show would’ve been incredible. But to get on that show was like hitting the lottery,” Schirripa told BehindTheVelvetRope.TV in a 2017 interview.