Why did Eliza Dushku leave Bull? TVLine reports Dushku departed the CBS TV show after accusing star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment.
Dushku played J.P. Nunelly on the first season of the legal drama, which stars Weatherly as Jason Bull, a doctor who combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. The cast also includes Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr, and Jaime Lee Kirchner.
According to reports, Dushku filed a formal complaint against Weatherly after what she alleged were several incidents sexual harassment on set. Initially, here character was slated to become a series regular and romantic interest for Weatherly’s character on Bull.
TVLine says Dushku’s character was written out shortly after the actress confronted Weatherly about his actions. Eventually, CBS reportedly paid Dushku a $9.5 million settlement.
However, this story is not what fans were told after Dushku initially left the series. In 2017, showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron told TVLine she was written out for plot reasons:
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. There was no way to keep that sort of ‘duet’ working.”
What do you think? Do you watch Bull? Do you think Dushku should’ve stayed on the show?