CBS has just announced the departure of Freddy Rodriguez, aka Benny Colón, and showrunner Glenn Gordon Garon from the “Bull” forensic series following charges of harassment.
Yet another scandal for CBS. In recent years, the American channel has been at the heart of several cases of harassment on the sets of its series.
In 2019, Pauley Perrette, who camped Abby for almost 15 years in NCIS, accused Mark Harmon of racist, homophobic and misogynistic behavior. Accusations which do not seem to have affected the actor much since he is still showing in the series which will return for a season 19 at the start of the next school year.
Last July, it was Peter M. Lenkov, producer and showrunner of Magnum, Hawaii 5-0 and MacGyver, who was excluded from these series for tyrannical behavior on the set. This time around, it’s Bull’s turn to be the center of attention.
According to information from The Hollywood Reporter, which were then confirmed by CBS, season 6 of Bull will be without Glenn Gordon Caron, showrunner of the series since season 2 and without Freddy Rodriguez, who has been camping Benny Colón since its launch in 2016.
The channel did not want to expand on the reasons for these two departures but this decision comes only a few weeks after the launch of an internal investigation into the working conditions on the set of the procedural.
At the end of the shooting of season 5, which is currently broadcast in France every Friday evening on M6, many writers had indeed left the series, accusing Glenn Gordon Caron of “nurture a disrespectful work environment”.
Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, writers on the series, will therefore take up the torch by becoming co-showrunner of the series for its sixth season, which has already been commissioned by the channel.
This is not the first time that Bull has been at the heart of a harassment case. In 2018, Eliza Dushku was ousted from the series after complaining about being sexually harassed by Michael Weatherly. She ultimately struck a $ 9.5 million deal with CBS to make up for her departure.