CBS Boss on Backing Bull Amid Backlash: 'Even After Allegations Came Out, People Continued to Watch'

TVLine | 8/1/2019 | Matt Webb Mitovich
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Addressing the Television Critics Association on Thursday at the summer press tour, CBS entertainment chief Kelly Kahl was again asked to account for Bull‘s Season 4 renewal, which came months after allegations of lewd behavior by series star MIchael Weatherly came to light.

As reported in December by the New York Times, a third-party investigation into claims of sexual harassment made against former CBS CEO Les Moonves turned up papers showing that during Eliza Duskhu’s late Season 2 run, she lodged a formal complaint with the network after being on the receiving end of several lewd comments made by Weatherly. Days after Dushku confronted Weatherly himself about his behavior, she was informed that her character was being written out.

Dushku - Mediation - CBS - Settlement - Equivalent

Dushku entered into mediation with CBS, which ultimately led to a $9.5 million settlement — the equivalent of what she would’ve earned had she become a full-time cast member for four more seasons, as envisioned.

Months later, as Bull was renewed for Season 4, it was announced that executive producer and Time’s Up movement supporter Steven Spielberg and his Amblin production company had parted ways with the show.

Kahl - TCA - Thursday - Michael - Case

Kahl reiterated at TCA on Thursday, “What we found was in Michael’s case no complaints, incidents, during his time [on NCIS],” and that the actor was “remorseful and apologetic” about what happened with Dushku...
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