Things got off to a rocky start. On Tony's first day at Northeast High School, he was called into the assistant principal's office and reprimanded for not signing in when he arrived. Once he got into the classroom, the students weren't any easier on him. "Has anyone told you that it was funny for you to be teaching an English class?" one student asked.
His sitcom stardom didn't win him any favors with his 10th-graders, either. "It's a long time ago, Who's The Boss," Tony jokes. "One kid said, 'I think my mother was...no, my grandmother was a fan.'"
With no script or stand-ins, Tony was on his own to face his classroom of critics. "It was way harder than I ever thought," he says. "Was every day perfect? No, but I worked hard, and I hung in there."
Published on September 27, 2010