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Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 11:52AM EST
Bull's ratings unaffected by Michael Weatherly-Eliza Dushku sexual harassment scandal
The CBS drama aired its first episode last night since it was revealed that CBS paid Dushku $9.5 million over several harassment allegations against Weatherly. Monday's episode drew 7 million viewers, in line with its season averages.
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 3:42PM EST
Eliza Dushku pens a response to Bull sexual harassment scandal: "I didn’t want to be sexually harassed. I was fired"
Source: The Boston Globe
"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," the actress writes in The Boston Globe. "This is not a 'he-said/she-said' case. Weatherly’s behavior was captured on CBS’s own videotape recordings." The actress writes that "CBS vigorously courted me" for several network shows before she landed on Bull. "CBS said it wanted (Bull) to pivot to a classic 'two-hander' (two main characters), a la Moonlighting," she writes. "After I accepted, the network even brought in (Glenn Gordon) Caron, who created Moonlighting, as the new showrunner for Bull. And so I was hired to finish the last three episodes of season one, with CBS’s expressed intention of my beginning season two as a series regular with an option for up to six seasons." She adds: "In explaining his bad behavior, Weatherly, who plays Dr. Bull, claimed I didn’t get his attempt at humor. That’s how a perpetrator rationalizes when he is caught. For the record, I grew up in Boston with three older brothers and have generally been considered a tomboy. I made a name for myself playing a badass vampire slayer turned tough LA cheerleader; I have worked with numerous leading men, including Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, even CBS’s own David Boreanaz. I can handle a locker room." Duskhu goes on to detail Weatherly's misconduct on set, and she points out that "Weatherly also bragged about his friendship with CBS chief executive Les Moonves. He regaled me with stories about using Moonves’s plane, how they vacationed together, and what great friends they were. Weatherly wielded this special friendship as an amulet and, as I can see now, as a threat." Dushku writes that "Weatherly never apologized to me. Instead, I was fired shortly after speaking with him." Dushku also writes that one of her conditions in settling the matter was to meet with Steven Spielberg, who produces Bull through his Amblin Television production company. "I have been a lifelong fan and assumed that if anyone could make changes, it would be Spielberg," she writes. Dushku has yet to meet with Spielberg.
Posted Sunday 12/16/18 at 3:05AM EST
Michael Weatherly's former NCIS co-stars Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander defend him on Twitter
The actresses separately stuck up for Weatherly after his Bull sexual harassment scandal involving Eliza Dushku was revealed in The New York Times. “This man… I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect,” Perrette tweeted, sharing a photo of her and Weatherly. “The best. I love you @M_Weatherly. Always and forever.” Alexander added in a separate tweet: “I have been in trenches w/ my friend @M_Weatherly. Always laughs, true friend & (a heart) as big as they come.”
Posted Saturday 12/15/18 at 12:22AM EST
Report: Les Moonves personally oversaw CBS' $9.5 million settlement with Eliza Dushku -- payout was "sneaked" into Bull's production budget
Deadline reports the former CBS boss "was deeply and directly involved in the $9.5 million payout that CBS forked over to Eliza Dushku in January after the actor accused Bull lead, Michael Weatherly, of sexual harassment on the first season of the CBS drama...Additionally, the confidential payment was sneaked into Bull’s production budget in an effort apparently motivated to avoid the sum popping up on the company’s books, sources say."
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 5:45PM EST
CBS' toxic culture can be seen in the "boys-will-be-boys" stories it tells
Michael Weatherly, whom Eliza Dushku accused of sexual harassment on Bull that led to a $9.5 million settlement, plays the "the kind of seemingly innocuous, boys-will-be-boys male protagonist who has filled CBS’s airwaves for years," says Kathryn VanArendonk, pointing to other male protagonists on procedurals as CSI and NCIS and their spinoffs. She adds: "There have been exceptions on CBS’s schedule — shows like The Good Wife and Madam Secretary are about prominent women in positions of power — but the common feature of so many of CBS’s most successful dramas, the ones that have spun off multi-city franchises and run for dozens of years and are watched by millions of people each week, is pretty basic: A man has power, and he wields it for his own ends." As VanArendonk points out, it's not hard to make a connection "between this rule of thumb for so many of CBS’s dramas, and who decides what shows get on the air every TV season ... The stories CBS puts out into the world are the ones that reflect the interests of the people who make them, and what results is a self-perpetuating cycle. When we as CBS viewers watch stories that valorize male ego and male judgment, we’re bathed in a TV landscape that teaches us that men who have power are the default. So when men like Les Moonves, Brad Kern, and Michael Weatherly harass and abuse the women around them, their entitlement to hold positions of power appears normal in the context of the shows they make. They are entitled to that power, and that entitlement is confirmed and echoed by what we watch on TV, night after night. Occasionally, as often happens on Bull, what we’re seeing is borderline harassment that’s excused as romance, as (Jason) Bull’s professional relationships with women regularly trip over into sexual conquest. But more pervasively, what we watch on long-running CBS franchises is the repeated reiteration of who matters: Men in power are protagonists, and women are disposable."
Posted Friday 12/14/18 at 5:45PM EST
Here's how Bull's showrunner previously explained Eliza Dushku's abrupt exit
When Dushku was cast on the CBS drama for a three-episode arc in March 2017, TVLine described her as being a "potential series regular." Thursday's New York Times bombshell noted that Bull had detailed plans for adding Dushku to the show full-time. Months before Dushku's $9.5 million sexual harassment payment was revealed yesterday, TVLine asked showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron about her exit. "I think what we all realized was… the only way to have kept her character in the show, because she is a lawyer, was if her law firm bought Bull’s company, and then you’re really changing the DNA of the whole show,” Caron said before this season. “There was no way to keep that sort of ‘duet’ working.”
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million after she accused Bull's Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment
Source: The New York Times
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star made headlines last year when she joined the CBS drama for a three-episode arc that was poised to become a series regular role. "Then," according to The New York Times, "came a series of comments that made Ms. Dushku uncomfortable. In front of the cast and crew, Mr. Weatherly remarked on her appearance, and made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome. Shortly after Ms. Dushku confronted the star about his behavior, she was written off the show. She believed her time on Bull came to a sudden end as a result of retaliation. After she went through mediation with CBS, the network agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay her $9.5 million, roughly the equivalent of what Ms. Dushku would have earned if she had stayed on as a cast member for four seasons." The Times says details of Dushku's confidential settlement emerged from the independent investigation into sexual misconduct at CBS. Dushku declined to comment to The Times, but CBS confirmed the settlement, saying in a statement: “The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done. The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.” The CBS investigation found there were "well developed plans" to make Dushku a series regular. The Times reports that "the investigation’s findings show how Ms. Dushku sought to address conduct she found demeaning, why she believed she faced retaliation and how a top CBS lawyer tried to undermine her claims with what investigators described as an 'antiquated' view of how a woman should comport herself in the workplace." Days after she confronted Weatherly and producers, Dushku was written off the show. Weatherly denies he tried to get her fired and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron said her being written off had nothing to do with her complaints. The actress then entered mediation, rather than file a lawsuit. When CBS tried to show outtakes to bolster its side, the footage actually provided a "gold mine" for Dushku's lawyers because the harassment was caught on tape. The $9.5 million settlement was reached in January amid the #MeToo movement. In an email statement, Weatherly said he apologized to Dushku. “When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized," he wrote. "After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
A First Lady drama is in the works at CBS
Bull's Michael Weatherly and NCIS: Los Angeles' Eric Christian Olsen are teaming up to producer a provocative drama that revolves around the First Lady of the United States. Written by Jessica Grasl, First Lady tells the story of a FLOTUS who, "determined to reclaim her life, does the unthinkable — she divorces her husband while he’s still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for truth and justice by revitalizing her career as an investigative journalist."
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Michael Weatherly sees Pauley Perrette returning to NCIS "in some capacity"
“I know that Pauley Perrette will be back in some capacity,” the Bull star says of his former NCIS colleague. “I’m just saying. And I think that she’s gonna be — I think everyone misses her already, and she’ll be back and funnier than ever. She’s a fierce lady and one of my favorite people on the planet.”
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 7:36PM EDT
NCIS alums Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo are reuniting to produce CBS cop drama MIA
The former co-stars and on-screen couple won't be starring on MIA, which revolves around a "newly minted homicide detective and her by-the-book partner in Miami." They'll just serve as producers on the potential series.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
NCIS again tops Roseanne with farewell to Pauley Perrette
About 14.80 million viewers watched Perrette's departure as scientist Abby after 15 seasons. Meanwhile, Roseanne stayed steady with last week's ratings, averaging 10.19 million viewers. ALSO: Michael Weatherly filmed an emotional tribute to Perrette.