Blue Bloods' Tom Selleck Reveals Why Magnum P.I. Ended: 'Nobody Wanted to Cancel'

Blue Bloods Tom Selleck Reveals Reason for Ending Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck, star of the CBS drama Blue Bloods, played Frank Reagan, the patriarch of a multigenerational New York cops family. The actor, who also appeared on the Magnum P.I Network, revealed why the series ended.

Blue Bloods premiered in 2010, and has dominated the network's ratings as it peaked its season-best 6.11 million viewers in the live+ on the same-day charts.

Magnum P.I: Tom Selleck revealed he was the reason the show ended
Magnum P.I: Tom Selleck revealed he was the reason the show ended (Image: CBS)

The long-running drama celebrated a major milestone this month after reaching its 250th episode.

The finale of the season, 'Guilt,' also happened to be the right time for the Reagan family to celebrate. While the cast enjoyed their off-screen time, the family kept up their usual business.

The episode saw the family sitting around the usual dining room table as they celebrated St Patrick's Day and an Irish blessing. The huge milestone was an amazing achievement for Selleck, even in his extensive career in the TV industry. In an interview with TV Insider, the actor recently shared what the 250th episode meant to him and in his answer, he made an interesting revelation.

I never thought I’d be lucky enough to do a show that had that long a run. Maybe Magnum, P.I. could have reached that number because nobody wanted to cancel it.”

Selleck revealed
Blue Bloods: Tom Selleck celebrated the show's 250th episode
Blue Bloods: Tom Selleck celebrated the show's 250th episode (Image: CBS)

“I was the guy causing the divorce.

He confessed
Magnum P.I revival starred Jay Hernadez as Thomas Magnum
Magnum P.I revival starred Jay Hernadez as Thomas Magnum (Image: CBS)

“The number of series that have done as many episodes as Blue Bloods is a tiny, tiny percentage, this is a validation that we’re all fighting the good fight. All the actors are very committed to the work. So, it’s a number that gives reward for the professionalism of this entire cast,”

he concluded.

Tom Selleck's Magnum P.I. was an enormously popular action series which followed Thomas Magnum, an ex-Navy SEAL, as he became a private investigator.

He used his honed skills to excel in his new role of working as a security advisor to a famous novelist. The series, which premiered in 1980, ended in 1988 after eight seasons. Since the finale of CBS's original Thomas Magnum series, a remake was ordered in 2017 which saw Jay Hernandez take on the role.

Selleck also opened up about why the show has been successful for so many years, revealing why it continues to be popular.

“Because it’s a character-driven show, the cop drama is a backdrop for the lives of the five main characters.

The actor shared

“The audience is so in the heads of these characters that the biggest jeopardy in our show is often when one of the relationships in the Irish Catholic family looks like it’s going south. “The best family dinners are when we argue. When the family gets together, the audience usually knows the character’s problems, so, they’re going, ‘Boy, if he brings that up, that’s not going to sit well with Erin.’ They want the Reagans happy, that’s the key.”

He added

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