CBS defended its decision to keep “Bull” and its lead actor on the air despite the claim by actress Eliza Dushku that she was sexually harassed by the star, Michael Weatherly, on the set of the show.
“Dushku has said she was written off ‘Bull’ 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.”
CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl commented on the situation Thursday during a Q&A session with TV critics, saying that Weatherly and “Bull” executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron are receiving “leadership coaching.”
Kahl added that Weatherly is taking responsibility “as the head of a show to make the set a positive place to work.”
The AP quotes Kahl saying: “More than 10 million people watch every week. Michael is loved by our audience and even after these allegations came out, people continue to watch. So It’s a popular show that we want to keep on our air … and it’s a very good show, as well.”