Steven Bochco, who co-created and helped guide NBC's hit "Hill Street Blues" to 4 1/2 seasons and 25 Emmy awards, said Wednesday that he's leaving the series soon because "I was invited to leave." He wouldn't say who asked him to quit the program.
"You'll have to ask them about that," he said, referring to executives at MTM Enterprises Inc., which makes the acclaimed police series. NBC referred all queries to MTM, which had no immediate comment.
Bochco, 41, the program's executive producer, said he didn't know who would succeed him. But he described his unexpected departure from both MTM and "Hill Street Blues"--he will leave at the end of the show's current season--as amicable and without any ill will.
"What really is important . . . is that the seven years I've been here (at MTM) have been the most remarkably productive years in my life," he said, adding that he still respects and considers as his friend MTM President Arthur Price.