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Tom Selleck Once Got Fired From Wildly Popular ’70s TV Series

by Anna Dunn
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Tom Selleck has been in the entertainment industry for five decades, so he obviously has quite a few stories. When Selleck went on the Drew Barrymore Show, he admitted that he was fired from the iconic 70’s show, Charlie’s Angels.

Barrymore mentioned that both actors are connected to Charlie’s Angels, with Barrymore starring in the 2000 Charlies Angels film and its sequel. Selleck, meanwhile, played Dr. Alan Samuelson in an episode of Charlie’s Angels in 1976, but there’s a reason he’s only in one episode.

“They fired me after the first episode,” Selleck told Barrymore. Luckily for Selleck, the firing wasn’t personal. At the time, they were trying out boyfriends for the characters. Dr. Alan Samuelson was a boyfriend for Kelly Garrett, played by Jaclyn Smith. Somehow, Leonard Goldberg, co-executive producer, didn’t think Selleck was boyfriend material.

Thankfully, this didn’t permanently damage the relationship between Selleck and Goldberg. Leonard Goldberg went on to be the co-executive producer of Blue Bloods, where Selleck is the lead. Selleck told Barrymore that he liked to “tease” Goldberg about firing him in the 70s. Sadly, Leonard Goldberg passed away in December of 2019 at 85 years old.

Tom Selleck’s Expansive Career

Tom Selleck has an insanely impressive background. Before getting his start on the hit series, Magnum P.I Selleck acted in commercials and was even on The Dating Game. His role as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I launched the rest of the career. Selleck and his iconic mustache quickly reached heartthrob status. Throughout his career, Selleck also starred in multiple westerns.

Selleck starred in the box office hit, Three Men and a Baby. In the 90s, Selleck had a recurring role in Friends as Richard Burke, Monica’s boyfriend. They eventually split up because Richard doesn’t want children. The role was seen as a big deviation from his other roles and a mistake by his agent and other career advisors. Selleck got a new agent and took the part. The role got him nominated for an Emmy.

He played the lead role in The Closer, and while that was his return to primetime TV, the show was canceled after 10 episodes. He also hosted a special series about outer space called The Practical Guide to the Universe. He’s also played presidents, starring as Dwight D. Eisenhower in the film Ike: Countdown to D-Day.

In 2010, Selleck was cast the lead role of Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the CBS show Blue Bloods, which still airs today. The show recently got renewed for its 12th season.

The aforementioned movies and films barely scratch the surface of all of the work Tom Selleck has done over his career. With everything he’s done since being fired from Charlie’s Angels, it’s safe to say that it didn’t hurt his career in the long term.