CBS Boss Defends Bull Renewal After Michael Weatherly Accusations: 'People Continued to Watch'

TV Fanatic | 8/1/2019 | Staff
There were a lot of talking points at the Television Critics Association on Thursday for CBS.

One of the biggest was the network's decision to hand out a fourth season renewal to Bull following allegations of sexual assault against its star, Michael Weatherly.

CBS - Entertainment - President - Kelly - Kahl

CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told reporters at the event that the decision was somewhat based on the fact that the ratings didn't take a hit following the allegations.

"It's a show that does very well. It's a very popular show. More than 10 million people watch every week," he said.

Michael - Audience - Allegations - People

"Michael is loved by our audience and even after these allegations came out people continued to watch," he continued.

"It's a popular show that we want to keep on the air. And it's a very good show as well."

Weatherly - Harassment - Co-star - Eliza - Dushku

Weatherly was accused of harassment by his former co-star, Eliza Dushku, but the allegations did not become public until 2018 when an investigation into former CBS CEO Les Moonves was carried out.

Details of the $9.5 million settlement between CBS and Dushku came to light at that time.

Dushku - Series - Behavior - Towards - Drama

Dushku alleged that she was let go from the series after cornering Weatherly about his behavior towards her on the procedural drama's set.

The actress revealed following the news going public that a documented incident involved Weatherly of asking her to visit his "rape van, filled with all sorts of lubricants and long phallic things."

Settlement - Equivalet - Series - Seasons - Capacity

It is said that the $9.5 million settlement is the equivalet of what she would have earned had she remained with the series for four seasons in a regular capacity.

Dushku's role was initially supposed to grow more prominent from the initial recurring guest star stage.

Kahl - Renewal - May - Weatherly - Mistake

Kahl defended the renewal in May, conceding that Weatherly "owned the mistake"...
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