Peter Berg says he is leaving the series “Chicago Hope” to concentrate on writing and directing, but not because he’s tired of acting in the doctor drama. “It’s not like I’m David Caruso, like ‘I hate you, let me out,'” Berg tells TV Guide. “It’s just that at some point you forget what episode you’re in, and what you develop a passion for is the big fat paycheck. I don’t want that to be my passion right now.” And don’t ask Berg, 34, about his rumored romance with Madonna. “I’m not interested in talking about that,” he said.

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