Michael Weatherly has been a mainstay on television since his start on NCIS. Even after he left the long-running television drama, Weatherly stayed on the small screen with his show Bull. However, when his co-star Eliza Dushku spoke out about sexual misconduct allegedly committed by Weatherly, things began to look a little dicey.
Dusku claimed that Weatherly made inappropriate comments towards her while on set, and despite her attempts to go to producers, she was silenced through a secret settlement from the network. She also alleged that going to the producers cost Dushku her job, as she was supposed to be a series regular but her contract was “mutually terminated” during their settlement.
Weatherly apologized for his actions, acknowledging that what he did was not okay.
During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script,. When Eliza told me that 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.
Things got worse for Bull when Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin TV backed out of the show, due to their ties with the #MeToo movement and not wanting to work with Weatherly after the allegations. According to Deadline, Spielberg sat down with Dushku and after their conversation, he didn’t want to be associated with the show anymore.
“I actually spent the morning with the three heads of the Time’s Up organization and Mr. Steven Spielberg,” Dushku said in a March interview with Deadline. “We sat and brainstormed and discussed possible solutions for this systemic imbalance of power, the abuse and harassment that we’ve been seeing and hearing and experiencing and both in our industry and beyond.”
There was cause for concern after this happened, with many people wondering if the show would be renewed. However, it seems as though CBS is sticking by one of their top earners, as they have renewed Bull for a fourth season. CBS president Kelly Kahl is standing by his decision to keep the show on their air, saying Weatherly is “honest in his remorse” and that those at the network “personally believe he can make a mistake and he admitted to that mistake.”
“What happened was something that a lot of us didn’t know about,” Kahl said of the controversy. “We found out when you found out. When it came time to make a decision, we looked at it through a fresh lens, with new eyes, because a lot of us were learning about it for a first time. We reassessed what happened. First and foremost, Michael made a mistake in his comments, he owned that mistake, he apologized at the time. He was remorseful and he apologized again when it came out. He indicated he was willing to take any kind of coaching, whatever training deemed necessary to create a positive environment.”
Kahl admitted that Weatherly’s tenure played a role in the decision to keep the show on the air.
“We looked at the totality of his work,” said Kahl. “He’s been with us for 14 years. There’s never been any complaint. I believe he took everything seriously. He wants to move forward. He’s a dad, he’s upset by this, he wants to make it better.”
The network is trying to learn from their mistakes however, saying they’ve added in extra safeguards to ensure potential future victims are protected. This includes an anonymous phone line and email to lodge complaints, as well as “trained HR professionals visiting all our sets on a regular basis.”
It’s an interesting move on the part of CBS, as they said goodbye to former head honcho Les Moonves after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Having a show with another accused person could prove to be detrimental to their network ratings. That being said, they’ve clearly done their research.
Things just keep getting worse and worse for Jenelle Evans and her family. This past week, Jenelle’s husband, David Eason, shot and killed their family dog, Nugget. The French bulldog had allegedly nipped at Jenelle and David’s young daughter Ensley, prompting David to slam the dog against the back deck and bring her to the woods to shoot her.
At first, the story was just speculation, but then David confirmed the reports on his Instagram page.
“I don’t give a damn what animal bites my baby on the face. Whether it be your dog or mine, a dog is a dog and I don’t put up with that s—t at all,” he wrote. “I’m all about protecting my family, it is my life’s mission. Some people are worth killing or dying for and my family means that much to me. You can hate me all you want but this isn’t the first time the dog bit Ensley aggressively. The only person that can judge whether or not an animal is a danger to MY CHILD is ME.”
Jenelle was extremely upset, obviously, that her dog had been killed, and she told Us that she was considering divorce.
“At this time, we are dealing with this rough situation. I want to focus on what’s best for me and my kids,” she said, noting that the couple were not on speaking terms. “[Divorce is] in thoughts, but nothing is finalized. … I’m too hurt and upset at the fact he did that. It’s taking time to get over this whole situation, and it’s making me feel he’s very cruel and doesn’t have a heart on many ends. David killed my dog Nugget because he snapped at my 2-year-old, Ensley. He doesn’t put up with that and those are his beliefs. He just took her and shot her in the woods … about two acres away from the house.”
There were questions about whether or not Jenelle would still appear on Teen Mom 2. David had previously been fired from the show after his homophobic comments, and the show had been trying to film around him when shooting Jenelle, which proved to be difficult. Now, however, they won’t have to worry about that at all…as MTV has announced they are no longer including her in the show.
“MTV ended its relationship with David Eason over a year ago in February 2018 and has not filmed any new episodes of ‘Teen Mom 2’ with him since,” spokesperson said. “Additionally, we have stopped filming with Jenelle Eason as of April 6, 2019 and have no plans to cover her story in the upcoming season.”
It’s an interesting move, as Jenelle really didn’t have anything to do with the death of her dog, at least not that we know of. However, it’s possible that they’re firing her due to what she hasn’t done. According to the Columbus Country Sheriff’s Department, there wouldn’t be any investigation into animal cruelty charges against David unless Jenelle pressed charges. They refused to work off of “sensationalized media reports or social media posts.”
Authorities were sent to David and Jenelle’s home to conduct a welfare check, but because of a pit bull on the porch and a load of “No Trespassing” signs, they felt it was unsafe to go on to the property. After all, David has bragged about his arsenal of weapons, and has stated multiple times that he is not afraid to “protect” his property from intruders.
If MTV found out that Jenelle wasn’t going to press charges, it’s possible they used this as a reason to cut ties with the mom of three. The network already lost a bunch of advertisers after the news of Nugget’s death broke, including TWIX, Chipotle, Dove Chocolate and animal treats company Greenies. All of the companies said they didn’t want to be associated with the series, as they have a zero-tolerance policy towards animal cruelty.
Kailyn Lowry, also a star of Teen Mom 2, spoke out about David’s actions on her own social media account. Kailyn and Jenelle have had very public feuds in the past, but this situation seems to have allowed calmer heads to prevail.
“I have refrained from commenting on the disturbing situation involving David Eason and Jenelle Evans while I wrapped my head around the murder of Nugget,” Kailyn wrote. “To say I am disgusted and appalled over David’s actions doesn’t begin to touch on my true feelings. Being the owner of dogs myself, I am heartbroken and sickened by what happened to Nugget. I hope that Jenelle and her children are safe and take the necessary steps to get the help that is clearly needed.”
I think Jenelle is in a bad situation and feels like she can’t escape, but I also think she needs to seriously consider how David and his antics will affect her family and their well-being in the future.
Grey’s Anatomy has been on for such a long time, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when it wasn’t part of our daily lives. It’s been 15 years of doctors Meredith Grey, Alex Karev, Richard Webber, Cristina Yang, and everyone else, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any fan of the show will tell you that, yes, it’s started to decline in quality. That’s not to say it’s not still good, but it’s just not the level it used to be at. Most of us are still watching because we’ve been with the show so long, but nothing will beat the early seasons of the medical drama.
Instead of focusing on the negatives, let’s take a look at the best episodes the show has ever seen. Obviously we can’t put all of them on here, but these are the episodes we’ll never be able to forget, for better or for worse. Keep in mind: these are in no particular order.
1. Into You Like A Train
Episode: Season 2, Episode 6
Why we won’t forget it: This was the episode that made us all sob, and I’d argue it was the first time we really understood just how good this show was going to be. Bonnie and Tom, two characters we’ve never met before this episode, come to the hospital after being impaled on a metal pole in a train crash.
We grew to love these characters in the short time we knew them, and when Bonnie realized she was the one who was going to die, it was absolutely heartbreaking to watch how she handled it. Meredith didn’t want to leave Bonnie to die, yelling “What about her? We can’t just abandon her?” It gives me goosebumps to think about it. Bonnie was young, she had so much life to live, and she died with grace.
2. Dark Was The Night
Episode: Season 8, episode 9
Why we won’t forget it: All Cristina wanted was to learn from Teddy. Teddy was the first teacher to really teach Cristina about cardio, so when Owen convinced Cristina to operate on Teddy’s husband without her knowledge, you just knew it was going to end poorly.
While on the table, Cristina can’t save Teddy’s husband, Henry, and he ends up passing away. When Cristina finds out that it’s Henry, you can feel the crushing sadness. I remember yelling at my TV during this episode, but I don’t know if I was yelling in anger at Owen or yelling in support of Cristina. Honestly, it was probably both.
3. Didn’t We Almost Have It All?
Episode: Season 3, Episode 25
Why we won’t forget it: How could I ever forget Meredith having to cut Cristina out of her wedding dress after Preston Burke left her at the alter? I won’t forget, I can’t forget. This was one of the most pinnacle moments of the series, because even though it was heart-wrenching to watch Cristina lose the love of her life, I truly think it made her a better person.
If Cristina had married Burke, I think she would have lived in his shadow and wouldn’t have grown into the strong, incredible surgeon she came to be. What made Cristina so special was that she knew her career was what she wanted, and she didn’t let anyone get in the way of that.
4. Now Or Never
Episode: Season 5, Episode 24
Why we won’t forget it: George O’Malley deserved better. He did. I know he died a hero, and I know he was doing the right thing, but poor George deserved to have a wonderful life. At the very least, he deserved to die with his friends and family being able to recognize him.
When George came into the hospital, no one knew it was him, but there was a feeling that John Doe would end up being someone the audience recognized. As George starting writing “007” in Meredith’s hand, I’ll admit I didn’t know what it meant at first. Then it clicked. Then I cried. To me, this was the saddest death on the show, but George deserved more than what Seattle Grace Hospital could give him.
Episode: Season 8, Episode 24
Why we won’t forget it: Some will argue that the plane crash episode of Grey’s is where it jumped the shark, and I can see where they’re coming from. How could a plane crash in the woods and not kill everyone, or at least seriously injure them?
That being said, the episode still crushed all of our emotions. There are many moments to choose from, like Arizona Robbins screaming as her leg is completely destroyed, or Derek having to break his own hand to save himself, but there’s no doubt that the worst moment of the entire episode was watching Lexi Grey slowly die while trapped under the plane. Mark Sloan was there to hold her hand and tell her he loved her, but Lexi should have ended up with Mark, and they should have had cute babies, and she should. not. have. died.
6. Song Beneath The Song
Episode: Season 7, Episode 18
Why we won’t forget it: Judge me all you want, but I loved the musical episode of the show. Yes, i know it was cheesy, but I love musicals and I love Grey’s Anatomy. Not to mention, the episode was extremely emotional.
Callie Torres and Arizona were put through the ringer throughout their relationship, but nothing was more trying than their car accident. Callie, who was pregnant at the time, flew through the windshield and was on death’s door. It wasn’t until her spirit came into her hospital room that Callie finally woke up, and learned that she had a daughter. Watching Sara Ramirez, who plays Callie, sing “The Story” still gives me goosebumps.
7. Going, Going, Gone
Episode: Season 9, Episode 1
Why we won’t forget it: This episode was downright unfair. After the plane crash, we thought Mark was going to be okay…but we were wrong. When Webber explains the “surge” to Mark, where patients who are dying get a last boost of energy before passing away, you knew it wasn’t good.
You could make a solid argument that Mark was the character with the most growth on the series, second maybe to Karev. He went from a womanizing serial bachelor to a man in love and a father. He was just starting a new chapter in his life, and even though Lexi was gone, he still had his daughter Sophia. Sadly, the entire episode was basically a eulogy for McSteamy, and we cried through the entire thing.
8. As We Know It
Episode: Season 2, Episode 17
Why we won’t forget it: “It’s Meredith. The girl with the bomb is Meredith.” This is one of the most iconic lines of the series, and it came towards the end of the second season. Even though we knew Meredith wasn’t going to die (it’s called GREY’S Anatomy, after all) this episode saw our heart rates go through the roof.
The tension the show was able to create in a short amount of time is nothing short of miraculous. Watching the team wheel the hospital bed down the hallway had me on the edge of my seat, especially when they almost hit the stanchion on the floor. Plus, watching the bomb squad guy get blown to bits after you thought everyone would be okay scared the living daylight out of us all.
9. Walk On Water/Drowning On Dry Land
Episode: Season 3, Episode 15 & 16
Why we won’t forget it: I hear a lot of people say that this is when they started watching the show, and to those people I say…what took you so long? The ferry crash episodes were some of the most iconic of the series. Again, you knew Meredith couldn’t die, but the longer she was unconscious, the more you started to wonder…are they actually going to kill her off?
The thing that struck me the most about these episodes were the relationships between all the characters and how much Meredith meant to them. From attendings, to residents, to all the interns, everyone showed genuine concern for her life. Despite the drama and fights that happened between everyone, when one of their own went down they were there to help.
10. Unbreak My Heart
Episode: Season 12, Episode 11
Why we won’t forget it: I am unashamed of my love for “Japril,” which is the couple name of Jackson Avery and April Kepner, of course. Their love story started out as a fun fling, but their feelings for each other grew and grew. Tragedy struck when they lost their first child, Samuel, to a genetic disorder, and they were never the same since then.
This episode showed us the love story of Japril through a series of flashbacks starting at the end and taking us back to the beginning. It let us see where everything went wrong, while also reminding us the love that these two had was absolutely real.
11. Losing My Religion
Episode: Season 2, Episode 27
Why we won’t forget it: Denny Duquette was flawed, yes, but that’s what made him and Izzie Stevens such an intriguing couple. When they first started flirting, I was skeptical, but then things grew into something special and I really was rooting for them.
This episode is the one where Denny died, and we watched Izzie show up to the hospital in her prom dress, only to find out her fiancée had died. Just gut-wrenching. We also had to see Karev pick Izzie up and carry her home, which somehow made things even worse.
12. Deterioration Of The Fight Or Flight Response
Episode: Season 2, Episode 26
Why we won’t forget it: Cutting the LVAD wire was a dumb choice, but in the defense of the interns…they had no idea that Burke was going to be shot in the ambulance bay that night. In theory, though it was insane, their plan made sense. But what you have to remember about Seattle Grace Hospital is that nothing can ever go right.
When Izzie is manually pumping to keep Denny alive, you can feel the fear through the screen. Everyone knows they’ve messed up, everyone knows Denny is dying, and everyone knows nothing will be the same ever again.
13. How To Save A Life
Episode: Season 11, Episode 21
Why we won’t forget it: If you ask me, this is where the show jumped the shark. I know why Derek Shepard had to die, because they didn’t want his and Meredith’s love story to end in divorce, but was this really any better?
We won’t ever forget this episode, because it was a pivotal moment in the series that changed its course forever. However, it was far from perfect. That doesn’t mean we didn’t cry our eyes out, though, when Zola asked Meredith if she was going to be able to fix daddy.
14. Fear (Of The Unknown)
Episode: Season 10, Episode 24
Why we won’t forget it: Cristina Yang was, and remains to this day, one of the best characters to ever appear on Grey’s Anatomy. Even though I hated that she had to leave, I felt like she got to do it on her own terms, and as the best version of herself. Plus, she didn’t leave via a massive tragedy, so let’s call that a win.
Cristina left to better her career, and she made sure to leave Meredith with some of the best advice on the planet. “You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind. Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He is very dream, but he is not the sun. You are.” Wise, wise words.
15. The Sound Of Silence
Episode: Season 12, Episode 9
Why we won’t forget it: We always knew Meredith and Alex were close, but this was one of the first episodes after Derek’s death that we really witnessed the intense friendship they share. After Meredith is attacked by a patient, Alex is by her side every single step of the way. You can see the fear in his eyes when Meredith is hurt, because you know that they’re not just friends…they’re family.
When Alex brings Meredith’s kids in to see her, he says “you’ve been asking me every day, ‘when can we see Mommy?'” which means he’s been caring for her kids while she’s been in the hospital, or at the very least has been seeing them every day. It shows Alex’s growth, and it shows Meredith’s resilience.
16. Stairway To Heaven
Episode: Season 5, Episode 13
Why we won’t forget it: This episode is the second half of a two-parter, and while most people may not have it on their list, I think it’s a very crucial point in the series. A death row inmate is brought to the hospital, and Meredith is doing her best to find the good in him. Derek doesn’t agree with it, but when Meredith goes to the prison when the patient is killed, Derek is there waiting for her after it happens.
This is also the episode where Izzie finally accepts that there is something wrong with her, and that seeing Denny isn’t just a fun game. Something isn’t right, and she needs to find out what is going on. We all knew from the beginning that it wasn’t going to be good, but watching Izzie finally come to terms with it somehow made it more real.
17. Sanctuary/Death And All His Friends
Episode: Season 6, Episode 23 & 24
Why we won’t forget it: These two episodes are the best in the entire series, and I’ll argue that fact until I’m blue in the face. I could watch them one hundred times and still feel the same tension, despair, and sadness I felt the first time around. I don’t even know where to begin. When you find out there’s a shooter in the hospital, and then see him in the elevator with Cristina, you can’t help but hold your breath.
Then, after Derek gets shot and Cristina is operating on him with Jackson, Meredith telling the gunman to shoot her instead of him is an extremely selfless act of love that we’ll never forget.
But perhaps the most upsetting moment was after Charles Percy got shot, and Miranda Bailey realized all the elevators were on emergency stop and she wasn’t able to get him help. As she sat and cradled Charles in her lap, and he asked if he was dying, the emotion displayed in Bailey’s face was nothing short of heartbreaking.
So there you have it. Our list of the most unforgettable Grey’s Anatomy episodes.
A lot of people probably remember All In The Family as an iconic sitcom from the 70s. Those of you that do remember will admit that the humor on the show doesn’t really hold up today. Whether it’s because people have become more sensitive, or because times really have changed, well that’s still up for debate. One thing is for sure though…we’re about to find out.
Norman Lear, who wrote and produced both All In The Family and its spinoff The Jeffersons, is rebooting both shows for a one-night-only TV special that will run about 90 minutes. Lear will be pairing up with Jimmy Kimmel to bring the shows back to life.
Lear is excited to see his shows come back to life and prove some of those people who don’t think the humor will hold up wrong.
They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are her to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timeliness of human nature.
I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event.
Kimmel also commented on the revival, saying he’s thrilled to have so many people agreed to be a part of it.
The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and everyone involved.
So who are these people that Kimmel is talking about? Let’s find out!
Wanda Sykes as Louise “Weezie” Jefferson
Sykes is going to have some big shoes to fill, as the original Weezie, played by Isabel Sanford, won an Emmy for her job in the role in 1981. Sanford was the first black woman to win in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
However, if anyone is up to the task, it’s Sykes. The comedian is currently appearing on Blackish, for which she’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards.
Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson
Originally played by Sherman Hemsley, George Jefferson got started as the next-door neighbor of the Bunkers. Hemsley was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance, and won the NAACP Image Award.
As for Foxx, he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, so the talent is definitely not lacking. It will be interesting to see if he can get the comedic timing.
Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker
Edith Bunker, or as Archie called her, Dingbat, was a beloved character on the show. When she was killed off in the spin-off Archie Bunker’s Place, fans were left shocked and saddened that their favorite TV housewife no longer existed in the fictional world. The role was played by Jean Stapleton, who took home three Emmys and two Golden Globes for her work.
Now, it will be up to Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei to bring the character back to life.
Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker
I’m not sure they could have picked a better person for this if they tried. Noted gruff Harrelson is tasked with bringing the “lovable bigot” back to the small screen. The Emmy winner and three-time Oscar nominee has the comedic timing and sarcastic attitude to give us a great Archie Bunker.
Originally played by Carroll O’Connor, Bunker is the main reason most people don’t think the show could hold up today. Despite the controversy, O’Connor played the role perfectly, brining home four Emmy awards for his work.
Those are the roles we know for sure, but there are three other actors who have been confirmed to be on the series, although their exact roles haven’t been confirmed. One of those people is Justina Machado, and there aren’t any rumors as to who she might play.
That being said, the other two have some rumors swirling around them.
POTENTIALLY: Ellie Kemper as Gloria Stivic
Absolutely no one can replace the work that Sally Struthers did as Stivic, but it seems Ellie Kemper might give it her best shot. Struthers won two Emmys as Archie Bunker’s daughter, and Kemper has been nominated for two Emmys for her role as the title character in Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt.
POTENTIALLY: Will Ferrell as Tom Willis
Will Ferrell is rumored to be playing Tom Willis, who was one half of an interracial couple living next door to George and Louise Jefferson. The role was originally played by Franklin Cover, but I’d love to see what Ferrell could do with it!
I’m a little curious to see how they bring the humor of All In The Family to such a politically sensitive world, but I know I’ll definitely be tuning in!
When Luke Perry passed away, the world was shocked. The former 90210 and present-day Riverdale star suffered a massive stroke and never recovered. He passed away on March 4, 2019, and the cast of Riverdale was left with a massive hole in their cast.
Perry played the father of Archie Andrews, and according to most of the young actors on set, he also acted a father figure to most of them since he was one of the older cast members on set. The show films in Vancouver, Canada, so everyone is always far away from home.
KJ Apa, who played Perry’s son on the show, didn’t say much when the news of Perry’s passing broke. He posted a photo on Instagram that just said “Rest in Love bro.” It was kind of odd, considering how close the two were on set, but everyone processes their grief in different ways.
This week, however, Apa appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and spoke about his relationship with Perry. This week’s episode of Riverdale was the last one that Perry had filmed. While speaking with Fallon about his former co-star, it was very clear that he and Apa were close. The New Zealand actor had to stop himself from crying multiple times as he explained just exactly what Perry meant to him.
“It’s not every day you come across a guy like Luke,” he said. “Luke is the kind of person who did everything he can to make whoever you are, no matter how big or small you are, feel comfortable and feel welcome. It’s hard to kind of put into words how that makes me feel.”
Apa also discussed how Perry’s parental instincts kicked in all the time, and he would even call Apa’s parents to give them updates.
“He would call my parents every week and keep them updated on how I’m doing,” he laughed. If I had a cold or something he’d be like, ‘I got him, I brought some Gatorade to his apartment the other day.’ Him and my dad were always texting each other and stuff.”
Apa’s co-stars Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes spoke similar sentiments about Perry right after his passing.
“I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us,” Reinhart tweeted. “I’m thinking of his family. His children. I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.”
Mendes spoke about Perry’s kindness and wisdom, as well as his “healing” presence.
he took care of us all. an authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom. his presence was healing; he had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him.
i will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set. we lost a dear friend. my heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. rest in peace, luke.
although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, i can still remember what it felt like. whenever i think of you, i will remember that feeling.
Though most of us never had the chance to meet Luke Perry, his passing confirmed what we already knew: he was a kind, gentle soul who changed the lives of everyone and anyone around him.
Rest in peace, Luke, and know that your legacy will live on forever.