SMILF creator, showrunner and star Frankie Shaw addressed the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against her show. Appearing on NBC’s Today, Shaw admitted her lack of experience may have led to many of the problems.
“This is my first time doing this job and we moved fast, and I was learning on the go and I’m just really grateful that I can take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward,” Shaw toldToday hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
“And I will say I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know?” she continued. “We had approximately 50% female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors…including Kerry Washington.”
Star Rosie O’Donnell also discussed the allegations: “It’s a beautiful set, I have to say. There is a family feel on the set and the great thing about Frankie is she addressed the stuff and the network did, and everybody is okay and here we go.”
SMILF producers ABC Studios opened an investigation into Shaw after actress Samara Weaving complained about being asked to perform a sex scene with co-star Miguel Gomez; she said that Shaw’s behavior made her uncomfortable during sex scenes, and that she had a “no nudity” clause in her contract.
After Weaving raised the issue with O’Donnell, she passed it along to an exec at Showtime, who then alerted compliance officials at ABC Studios.