CBS Boss Responds to 'Bull' Renewal & Michael Weatherly Controversy

Esequiel Farfan
May 16, 2019

CBS has addressed the controversial decision to renew Bull following sexual harassment allegations against star Michael Weatherly. Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS for her wrongful termination after reporting the alleged harassment, and she later detailed the situation in an op-ed for The Boston Globe. [Michael made himself open to] whatever coaching or training is necessary to create a positive environment on set.

CBS has renewed "Bull" for a fourth season even though Spielberg and Amblin TV pulled out of the show because of sexual harassment of Eliza Dushku by Michael Weatherly, the show settled the claim with her for 9.5 million.

"The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive and in no way fits with how they treated me on the set of the television show Bull and retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment", Dushku wrote.

In one instance, Dushku, 37, says her character held up three fingers in a scene, after which Weatherly made a joke about engaging in a threesome with her and another man.

CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl defended the decision saying Weatherly had apologized when the incident occurred and again when the incident was made public.

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"During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script", Weatherly said in the statement to the publication.

Last winter news broke that Dushku had accused her costar, Weatherly of sexual misconduct during her short stint on the show. "After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not amusing and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza".

Weatherly's long relationship with CBS was also taken into consideration.

While defending CBS' decision to renew Bull despite the scandal, Kahl insisted that Weatherly "took everything very seriously and wants to move forward".

"When we looked at the totality of the situation", Kahl continued, "we felt comfortable bringing it back on the air". Should the show and Weatherly have been done once the allegations were proven true? "He's a dad, he's upset by this, he wants to make it better".

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