In addition to no longer being the showrunner of “Bull,” Caron’s overall deal with CBS Studios has also ended. Reports emerged that he was dismissed after a studio investigation into an alleged toxic workplace. Separately, series regular Freddy Rodriguez has also left the series after having starred as Benny Colón since the show began. Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard will serve as co-showrunners going forward.
“Bull” stars “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull, who is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. The titular Dr. Jason Bull is the leader of a trial consultant firm, specializing in determining how a jury will vote before the trial has even begun. CBS renewed the series for a sixth season back in April.
Caron is now the latest in a string of CBS showrunners to step down in recent weeks. “The Neighborhood” creator Jim Reynolds stepped down over concerns with his leadership style. Likewise, “All Rise” creator Greg Spottiswood exited that series following a New York Times investigation into his conduct in the writers’ room.
There has been turmoil and controversy behind the scenes of “Bull” in the past. In 2018, Eliza Dushku went public with allegations of sexual harassment against Weatherly during her time on set.
Dushku wrote about experiencing sophomoric behavior from Weatherly that allegedly included him making comments about wanting to have a “threesome” with her and many other sexually charged remarks. When she complained to the studio, Dushku asserts that Weatherly worked to have her fired, accusing her of having a “humor deficit.” Dushku joined the show at the end of its first season with the expectation of becoming a regular cast member in Season 2. But she was written off the show after three episodes as a result of her clashes with Weatherly. She eventually settled with CBS for $9.5 million.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Caron and Rodriguez’s exits.