‘I was scared to death’

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Tom Selleck appeared as Dr. Richard Burke sensible and charming, but the actor was actually “scared to death” to be on the show.

Selleck, 77, stopped by “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Wednesday and spoke with the host about what it feels like to be an actor joining a long-running series.

“(The) hardest part is guesting on a show,” said Selleck, who has starred in police drama Blue Bloods since 2010. “I try to relax the new actors because it’s really hard to get on a show where everyone’s on the ball.”

He mentioned that he had a similar newcomer experience when he joined “Friends” in the sitcom’s second season.

“You were amazing in ‘Friends’!” Kelly Clarkson cut in.

As the crowd applauded, Selleck replied, “I wasn’t stunning at what they call reading the table.”

Clarkson continued to compliment him, saying, “Who cares? Bad rehearsal. good show That was so good. That’s literally what I think people comment on all the time — (when) Monica’s on your voicemail, breathing.

She then asked if he would enjoy directing the popular ’90s comedy.

“I was scared to death,” Selleck revealed. “I had done ‘Taxi’ a long time ago, but I hadn’t done a sitcom before.”

He recalled being “really nervous” and shared that Courteney Cox made him feel welcome.

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