‘Blue Bloods’: Is Frank Reagan Leaving the Show?

by John Jamison

It’s a question you can expect people to ask more and more as Season 12 of “Blue Bloods” moves forward. The actor behind the Reagan family patriarch, former star of “Magnum P.I.” isn’t the spring chicken he once was. Now 76 years old, Selleck has become the subject of countless retirement rumors. Whether or not there’s any truth to them, well, that remains to be seen.

Of course, no one works forever. Tom Selleck has already turned in a longer and more distinguished career than most of his peers. As much as we all hate to think about it, his time on “Blue Bloods” will come to an end at some point, whether by the show itself ending or by him finally deciding to step back. But the majority of fans are wondering if they’re going to have their beloved NYPD Commissioner for the next few years.

Rumors of Tom Selleck’s imminent retirement from “Blue Bloods” stem from a report in a March 2021 OK! article. The outlet quoted an “insider” who claimed to know that Selleck was planning on stepping away from Hollywood to spend more time with his family. However, Selleck’s camp adamantly denied the report’s validity.

These rumors are nothing new. In 2017, the National Enquirer reported that Tom Selleck’s failing health would force him to step away from “Blue Bloods.” Well, here we are four years later, and Selleck is still going strong as Frank Reagan. By all accounts, Selleck’s in good health for his age and isn’t being forced off the show any time soon.

These days, “Blue Bloods” fans point to the show itself as a reason to be concerned about Selleck’s departure. Season 12 got underway last week, and Frank Reagan is already butting heads with Mayor Chase. The spat has fans worried about the Selleck character’s potential resignation.

Frank Reagan’s Resignation from Police Commissioner Wouldn’t Necessarily Mean Tom Selleck Leaving ‘Blue Bloods’

Even if Frank Reagan resigns as the NYPD Commissioner, there’s a pretty good chance Selleck’s character will stick around. For a little while, at least.

When the “Blue Bloods” creators set out to make the show, they intended to flesh out the personal lives of all within the Reagan family. Yes, they’re a family of cops. They’re also a family of people with real desires, flaws, and needs. Tom Selleck has talked about how much he likes the relatable side of things as a touchstone for the series. As a result, he might want to explore what his character is like in retirement, even if it’s just for a season or two.

“I don’t think there is an end point. I think there is a lot of life in the show, as long as you let your characters grow and get older,” Selleck told People last year.

We should have a better idea of where Tom Selleck and Frank Reagan stand by the end of Season 12. For the time being, he’s sticking around.