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October 24, 2014

Richard Schiff reveals more about what happened to The West Wing

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2007 4:41PM

Richard Schiff, Sheila KelleyWe've said it here a million times (and by "we" I'm including TV Squad readers): Toby would never have leaked classified information the way he did in the last season of The West Wing. And in the off chance that he did, it would only be because he was covering for someone else. Now, Richard Schiff (in the pic on the right with his wife, actress Sheila Kelley) says he agrees (this is an addendum to an article from last year).

In an interesting interview in The Independent, Schiff says that he felt let down by the writers in the last season, and in fact to get through it he actually made a fictional plot in his head as to why Toby was acting the way that he was.

"I was sad for the show...I hated my storyline. Toby would never in 10 million years have betrayed the president in that fashion [in the seventh series, Toby is indicted for leaking classified information]. Even if he had, there would have been seven episodes' worth of fights before he did it... In the end, the only way I could make sense of my story was to come up with my own story - that Toby was covering for someone else. That, at least, made sense to me."

But he has no ill will towards the show at all, and looks at the first several years of the show very fondly. He even understands why he was let go, because the cast was large and expensive.

Schiff is in London to do the one man play Underneath The Lintel, about a Dutch librarian.

[via TV Tattle]

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