One series renewal by CBS has raised more than a few eyebrows, and CBS has been defending the move.
The AP reports that CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl addressed criticism of the renewal of “Bull” during a news conference today unveiling the network’s 2019-2020 schedule, which includes “Bull.”
The renewal came despite blowback over the network’s settling of a sexual harassment claim against “Bull” star Michael Weatherly by actress Eliza Dushku.
“Dushku said she was written off the show after complaining that Weatherly remarked on her appearance and made jokes involving sex and rape in front of cast and crew in early 2017,” the AP reports. “Last year, the allegation and a $9.5 million confidential settlement reached with Dushku were made public in a report by The New York Times.”
Said Kahl: “First and foremost, what we found was Michael made a mistake in his comments. He owned that mistake. He was apologetic at the time.”
Adds the AP: “In renewing Weatherly’s series, CBS considered the actor’s long tenure at the network, including more than a decade on ‘NCIS,’ Kahl said. There were no complaints about Weatherly before or after Dushku’s, he said.”
Kahl is also quoted saying: “So, when we look at the totality of the situation, we felt comfortable bringing ‘Bull’ back on the air.”
Asked to comment on the decision by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to pull out of the show, as we reported last week, Kahl reportedly said he couldn’t answer for them.