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Blue Bloods stars Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan break silence on show's 'sad' ending

The actors opened up on The Drew Barrymore Show

Megan Bull
TV Writer
24 April 2024
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Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan have opened up about Blue Bloods' cancellation. Appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show this week, the pair – who star as brother-sister duo, Erin and Danny Reagan – reflected on the police procedural’s ending. 

Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan in Blue Bloods© Getty
Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan revealed that they're "really upset and sad" about the show's ending

Asked how they were feeling, Bridget, 52, replied, "I think everybody's really upset and sad, but also happy and satiated?" before Donnie, 54, chimed in. "More upset and sad," he declared. 

"I think it's more saying goodbye to the people behind the characters," continued Bridget.  "We've created such a family on set with each other and the crew — most of the crew's been with us for 14 years, so we've been through a lot of weddings, births, deaths, and everything. We've been through it all with each other."

Tom Selleck and Dylan Walsh are seen on the set of "Blue Bloods" on February 24, 2023 in New York City.© Getty Images
Bloods was canceled in November

Deadline initially confirmed Blue Bloods' cancelation in November, revealing that the show would end with its 14th season split into two parts and 18 episodes. The first ten are debuting this spring, while the final eight will premiere in the fall. 

Releasing a joint statement at the time, CBS executives Amy Reisenbach and David Stapf said: "We'll be forever grateful to the legendary Leonard Goldberg for developing this signature series and to the amazing cast led by Tom Selleck, who America embraced as family and watched as welcomed guests at the Reagan dinner table.

"We also sincerely thank the incredible writing and producing teams guided by executive producer Kevin Wade, for years of compelling episodes as they conceive this final chapter that we expect to be the most satisfying season yet for our loyal viewers."

Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez are seen on the set of "Blue Bloods" on September 19, 2019 in New York City© Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin
In February, Donnie admitted that he's still in denial about the show's conclusion

Following the announcement, several cast members have expressed their disappointment. Joining Kelly Clarkson on her namesake show in February, Donnie added that he's still "in denial" about the show's ending, and shared his hopes that the series might survive in some other way.

More Than Meets the Eye  Erin tries not to feel overpowered as her new boss shadows her at work just as shes trying to get a nervous eye-witness to reveal the identity of who shot her boyfriend. Also, the serial killer who previously held Danny and Baez hostage resurfaces, and when Jaime arrests an intrusive reporter who appears at a series of store lootings, it leads to a standoff between Frank and the Attorney General over the press First Amendment rights, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan.© Getty Images
Tom Selleck feels "an awful lot of people aren't ready to say goodbye" to Blue Bloods

Meanwhile, Tom Selleck, 79, told TV Line: "CBS will find an awful lot of people aren't ready to say goodbye to it. The show's more popular than ever, and I think [numbers] will increase with the interest this year. We're certainly not out of ideas." 

Asked if he was ready to retire to his ranch in Ventura, California, Tom noted: "I'm not counting the days so I can do something else. I love the work. Sometimes the hours are a little harder because I'm older, but so what? I want work as long as they'll have me." 

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