Interview in the Indie:
Spencer’s death was the nadir in a difficult endgame for Schiff and The West Wing. His episodes, and many of his colleagues’, were cut – “Purely a financial decision,” he says. “We were expensive actors.” He felt let down by the scriptwriters.
“I was sad for the show,” he says. “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.”
So, who was Toby covering for? “I don’t think I should ever reveal that.”