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CBS on Keeping Bull Despite Michael Weatherly Harassment Settlement: ‘It’s a Very Popular Show’

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CBS really, really, really wants you to keep watching Bull, and also hopes you totally forget about that $9.5 million settlement the network had to pay actress Eliza Dushku. Remember? Because Bull’s star, Michael Weatherly, subjected her to repeated instances of sexual harassment during her short stint on the show? Harassment she said was “the most cruel, most aggressive humiliations I have ever experienced”? Just thought we’d remind you, readers! CBS network head Kelly Kahl was asked about Bull’s divisive renewal during the network’s TCA press tour earlier this week, and he doubled down on his unwavering support for the show. “It’s a very popular show. More than 10 million people watch every week,” he explained. “Michael is loved by our audience, and even after these allegations came out, people continued to watch. It’s a popular show we want to keep on our air, and it’s a very good show as well.” Kahl also confirmed Weatherly had to undergo mandatory “leadership training.”

Kahl previously said that Weatherly “owned” his mistake and was “apologetic at the time.” Still, despite Bull being renewed for a fourth season, one of the biggest names attached to the show ceased his involvement. Steven Spielberg, who served as one of the many executive producers, has departed, along with his production company, Amblin Television.

CBS Defends Bull Renewal After Star’s Harassment Settlement