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‘SMILF’ showrunner Frankie Shaw addresses misconduct reports: ‘I was learning on the go’

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“SMILF” showrunner Frankie Shaw.
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

“SMILF” star and creator Frankie Shaw on Wednesday again addressed the misconduct allegations levied against her by members of the Showtime series’ cast.

Last month, reports surfaced claiming that the showrunner received numerous complaints from staff regarding the mishandling of nude and intimate scenes. That prompted producer ABC to launch an investigation, which eventually concluded that Shaw did nothing wrong, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Actress Samara Weaving, who accused Shaw of coercing her to do a nude scene despite a no-nudity clause in her contract, was released from the contract as requested.

On Wednesday, while promoting the Season 2 premiere of the series, Shaw seemed glad to address the flap.

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“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 could take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward,” Shaw told “Today” show hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.

She also appeared willing to make future adjustments, while noting she remained proud of the Golden Globe-nominated show’s past achievements.

“And I will say I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know? We had approximately 50% female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors … [including] Kerry Washington,” she said.

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Actress Rosie O’Donnell, who plays the mother of Shaw’s character on the dark comedy, appeared alongside the actress/showrunner and vouched for her on the series, which is set in South Boston and revolves around the unconventional life of a young, single mother.

“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’s OK and here we go,” O’Donnell said.

Kotb noted that “Today” reached out to ABC and Showtime, which said they’re reviewing claims in the matter.

Twitter: @NardineSaad


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