Tom Selleck Leaves $2,020 Tip and Handwritten Note as Part of Tip Challenge

by Jennifer Shea

Tom Selleck helped the battered restaurant industry recently by taking part in the 2020 Tip Challenge. The actor left a $2,020 tip at Elio’s restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Selleck also left a note at the restaurant, which read: “I am honoring my friend Donnie Wahlberg’s ‘Tip Challenge’ with my sincere hope for a better 2020. Thank you all, Tom Selleck.”

Selleck had run up a $200 tab at the restaurant, USA Today reported. But his $2,020 tip was above and beyond. And his “Blue Bloods” co-star Donnie Wahlberg was quick to point out Selleck’s good deed on Twitter.

“I found out that my TV Dad #TomSelleck has generously accepted the #2020TipChallenge at Elios Upper East Side!” Wahlberg tweeted. “Love ya dad. ❤️ I didn’t start it but I’m proud to be part of it. To those who gave even the smallest extra amount this year — THANK YOU.”

Wahlberg also joined in the 2020 Tip Challenge early this year when he tipped $2,020 at a St. Charles, Illinois IHOP on New Year’s Day, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His wife, actress Jenny McCarthy, posted a photo of the receipt on Twitter.

The 2020 Tip Challenge appears to have started in Michigan at the very end of last year. A waitress named Danielle Franzoni received a $2,020 tip on a $23 restaurant bill, according to CBS News. The credit card receipt read simply, “Happy New Year. 2020 Tip Challenge.”

Franzoni – a single mother who had recently been homeless – went on to leave a $20.20 tip at a restaurant where she had dined as a way of paying it forward.  

Selleck, 75, told CNN in an interview this April that while he loves acting, he was not cut out for celebrity. He considers himself a private person.

“I’m proud of my work, I still love what I do, and I have my family,” Selleck said. “I’ve been enormously fortunate.”