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Steven Spielberg Cuts Ties With Bull, Reportedly Over Michael Weatherly Allegations

Yes, it's a shock the show remains on the air

Rachel Paige

Following the announcement that CBS has renewed Bull, starring Michael Weatherly, for a fourth season, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television will no longer be producing the show.

In a statement issued to Deadline, it was revealed that "Steven Spielberg, Amblin Television, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey are no longer attached to Bull." Amblin Television confirmed to TV Guide that the company will not be involved in the show moving forward. CBS did not immediately return TV Guide's request for comment.

Bull's renewal by CBS comes as a bit of a shock considering the accusations against the show's lead, Michael Weatherly. In late 2018, it was revealed that Eliza Dushku's character was written off the show after she complained about Weatherly's alleged sexual misconduct on set. Her character, J.P. Nunnelly, was introduced at the end of the first season with plans in place to make her a series regular going forward, but after she complained about Weatherly's alleged harassment, she was completely written out of the show. A separate New York Times investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS CEO Les Moonves revealed a $9.5 million settlement between CBS and Dushku -- an amount deemed to be equitable to what she would have made on the show. CBS confirmed the settlement, issuing a statement that reads, in part, "...while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done."

In a subsequent essay in The Boston Globe, Dushku lambasted Weatherly and the network for alleged retaliation and "relentless sexual harassment." She wrote, "This is not a 'he-said/she-said' case. Weatherly's behavior was captured on CBS's own videotape recordings." One such incident on the tape showed Weatherly inviting Dusku to his "rape van." She also said he made sex noises at her, suggested they participate in threesomes, and made comments about spanking her. (In a statement to the Times, Weatherly admitted to making comments that were "both not funny and not appropriate" and apologized.)

Amblin's exit from Bull is a blow to the show. Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, have been vocal supporters of the Time's Up movement. According to Deadline, Spielberg "didn't want to be associated with the series any longer."

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