Did Michael Weatherly Push to Have Eliza Dushku Fired From ‘Bull’: Inside Dushku’s Essay for The Boston Globe?

Bull star Michael Weatherly has been under the interrogation lamp for quite some time now, as many fans continue to push for his show’s cancellation following his former co-star Eliza Dushku’s sexual harassment allegations and subsequent lawsuit. 

Michael Weatherly and Eliza Dushku in Bull
Michael Weatherly and Eliza Dushku in ‘Bull’ | Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images

The allegations, according to TV Guide, included the following: “a documented incident involving Weatherly asking her to visit his “rape van,” filled with all sorts of lubricants and phallic things as well as mocking his own personal sexual harassment training.” Michael Weatherly apologized for his behavior, explaining to The New York Times:

During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. When Eliza told me she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized.

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.

The New York Times

According to Dushku, Weatherly, CBS network, and writer-producer, Glenn Gordon Caron proceeded to propagate a false and misleading narrative, pointing to “jokes” and downplaying the nature of the on-set events, as Dushku chronicled in her essay for The Boston Globe

Michael Weatherly is now in leadership coaching, and the network continues to focus on his commitment to growth, as well as its supposed refusal to allow the propagation of such behavior. Dushku reveals that such reports leave out some vital pieces of information. For starters, it’s very likely, according to Dushku, that Michael Weatherly had a heavy hand in her firing.

Eliza Dushku talks Bull, Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron: The ‘retaliation’

While Michael Weatherly has gone on to express his sincere apologies and regrets, he may not have been as regretful when his co-star wound up fired quite soon after she approached him, as Dushku claims. 

Eliza Dushku stated in her essay for The Boston Globe that, after dealing with prolonged sexual harassment, she took it upon herself to approach Michael Weatherly. She stated that she requested he “help ease the sexualized set comments” and become her “ally.” Dushku says that Weatherly went on to express his sincere respect for women, developed as a result of growing up with sisters. Dushku then explains:

After I left his trailer, I went straight back to my own trailer and wrote down everything I could remember about the conversation in a text to my manager, adding, “I hope he actually received it well & doesn’t run back to the studio telling them to fire me lol.” Then, as I came to learn months later in the settlement process, Weatherly texted CBS Television President David Stapf about 40 minutes after our conversation and asked for what amounted to my being written off the show. Specifically, Weatherly complained that I had a “humor deficit.’’

The Boston Globe

According to Dushku, Michael Weatherly initiated the conversation that led to her removal from the series. Dushku goes on to note that the Bull showrunner, Caron, was “undaunted” to do Michael Weatherly’s bidding. Dushku states, “The fact is that Caron wrote me off the show within 48 hours of my complaints about Michael Weatherly.”

Dushku says she was fired in the middle of filming, which is quite unusual, and by someone who, reportedly, didn’t even have full authority to do so (but he did not request permission beforehand).