This week, shocking news emerged regarding Bull star Michael Weatherly as a CBS investigation revealed a $9.5 million settlement paid to Eliza Dushku, one that was tied to inappropriate comments and on-set behavior made by the actor. A New York Times report detailed the nature of the settlement, whether it be the nature of the complaints she raised to her being written out of the show.
Since this time, there has not been all that much said when it comes to the future of Bull, which we assume means that, at least for now, it will continue to air as scheduled in January. This may be a situation where its future is dictated by the court of public opinion — i.e. the show’s ratings. It can be very hard to accurate predict what those will be based solely on social-media reaction to a noteworthy news story.
Today, we are sharing comments that have come via social media from two actresses who have worked with Weatherly in the past: Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander. Both worked alongside him on NCIS during the series’ run, and each have subsequently also departed the series. (Perrette stuck around until after Weatherly’s departure; meanwhile, Alexander departed as a series regular in season 2.) The two women praise Weatherly for the time that they have spent with him, and also refer to him as a dear friend.
So how does this pertain to the New York Times report or really anything else? It doesn’t all that; these are just two women sharing their own personal experiences. It doesn’t do or take away anything from the investigation or the settlement, as different people can obviously have different experiences around someone, leading of course to different result. Weatherly did issue a public apology in the New York Times report; Dushku may not be able to speak out on the matter due to a confidentiality agreement. What we account Perrette and Alexander’s messages to is strictly this: Two people who felt the need to praise someone they care about at a time in which he is being attacked elsewhere.
Moving forward, we do anticipate that more of Weatherly’s past and present co-workers could speak out, but they should be allowed to do and say what they want on their own accord rather than feeling any specific pressure to do so. This is a difficult experience for many, and we feel that way especially for many of the people who work on Bull who may be dealing with questions over their future because of the actions of one individual and the ensuing investigation. As we said, the ratings could be what matters most pending some other updates.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the story below; due to the sensitive nature of it, we do ask for respectful discourse.