Tom Selleck made a tough choice after CBS did this awful thing to his show

Tom Selleck developed a reputation of being one of the standup people in Hollywood.

But his character got put to the test when the network delivered his show a punch in the gut.

And Tom Selleck made a tough choice after CBS did this awful thing to his show.

Tom Selleck takes care of the crew on Magnum, P.I.

CBS crime drama Magnum, P.I. was one of the most popular shows on TV during its peak in the 1980s.

Tom Selleck played Thomas Magnum, a Navy veteran turned private investigator who lived on a beachfront estate in Hawaii.

In his new memoir, You Never Know, the actor revealed that he paid the crew of Magnum, P.I. $1,000 bonuses out of his own pocket after the studio stiffed them during contract negotiations.

The show’s ratings were sliding going into its eighth and final season, which ran from the fall of 1987 to the series finale in spring 1988.

Selleck was on the fence about playing Thomas Magnum for another season.

“I didn’t want anyone to think that last season was just a ploy to get more money,” Selleck wrote.

Magnum, P.I. was shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii, using the Hawaii Five-O soundstage for many of its indoor scenes.

Shooting in Hawaii created some grueling conditions for the cast and crew at times.

Selleck asked the studio to give the crew $1,000 bonuses as long as the show came in under budget and on time.

He wrote in his memoir the network “responded that they could not under any circumstances talk about crew bonuses, that it would set a dangerous precedent.”

The studio sticking to its standard contracts was the norm according to him.

“They always invoked precedent when you had an original thought beyond their contractual boilerplate,” Selleck explained. “Honestly, that pissed me off.”

Tom Selleck gets creative to get his hard-working crew bonuses 

Selleck came up with a plan with his agent Bettye McCartt and his lawyer Skip Brittenham to get the Magnum, P.I. crew their bonuses.

He got himself a “substantial” from the network for the final season that he would use to give the crew their bonuses.

“I called Skip and Bettye and told them to tell Universal — not ask them tell them — to issue thousand-dollar checks to every regular member of our Magnum company in both Hawaii and L.A.,” Selleck wrote after his bonus deal was closed. “And that since it was coming out of my bonus money, there was no precedent involved.”

Selleck took a picture with the Los Angeles crew after they got their checks.

“When the checks came out, I got a picture from our L.A. crew standing on a bleacher with big smiles on their faces,” Selleck stated. “In front of them was a very big oversized check for a thousand dollars. The caption below read, ‘Thanks, Tom. What a ‘grand’ gesture.’ That made me happy.”

Selleck starred as Thomas Magnum on the show for eight seasons, spanning 162 episodes.

That became the defining role of his long career in Hollywood.

And one that fans of the show and its crew fondly remember him for playing.

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