Certainly, Tom Selleck is a Hollywood icon. He started as an ’80s heartthrob when he acted on “Magnum P.I.” Then he quickly became a legend for his iconic mustache – which is still emulated today. Now he’s known as the loving yet stern father and NYPD police commissioner, Frank Reagan, on “Blue Bloods.”
However, for as well-known as he is for landing lead roles on popular shows, he’s also known for leaving them. At the height of his success, Tom Selleck left “Magnum P.I.” He wanted a break from the spotlight and time with his family. We totally admire and respect his decision to prioritize his family over fame. That said, it’s interesting to hear how his role on “Blue Bloods” pulled Selleck back into the spotlight. What made the show so special that it convinced Selleck to come back to television?
Why Was the Show ‘Too Good To Pass Up’ For Tom Selleck?
Despite his Hollywood status, Selleck wasn’t afraid to turn down roles. In fact, he carefully considered each offer before accepting a project. During an interview in 2010, Tom Selleck talked about why “Blue Bloods” was “too good to pass up.”
“It was good, number one. Number two, it was an ensemble that clearly was going to require talented actors,” said Selleck.
Selleck added that he knew the role would take a lot of commitment, but he felt the show was worth it.
“Having done a lead, as I did in ‘Magnum’, being in every shot, I know it’s a tough road. ‘Magnum’ was never canceled. I left it after eight years because I was tired from it, not tired of it.”
Luckily, after reading the script, Tom Selleck just knew that the role was a “perfect fit” for him.
“It’s always been a consideration, but this really just seemed to fit perfect,” said Selleck. “The script was terrific. The idea that it was going to shoot in New York caused a family consideration, but it was too good to pass up.”
Selleck Addressed Rumors That He’s Leaving ‘Blue Bloods’
Television show cancellations are common. Watching your favorite television show characters leave a show is also common. So, it’s no surprise that fans started speculating about Frank Reagan’s fate on “Blue Bloods” when rumors surfaced that Tom Selleck was leaving the show. Luckily, Selleck himself addressed the rumors last year. During an interview with People in 2020, Selleck said that he thinks “Blue Bloods” has a lot of life left in it.
“I don’t think there is an endpoint,” said Selleck. “I think there is a lot of life in the show, as long as you let your characters grow and get older.”
That isn’t a direct “yes” or “no” answer to whether Tom Selleck intends on staying with the show. However, there hasn’t been any official news about Selleck leaving so we’ll take what we can get!