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SMILF's Frankie Shaw Addresses Misconduct Allegations on Today

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Update 1/16/18: Frankie Shaw addressed the allegations of her misconduct on the set of SMILF for the first time since the investigation during an appearance on Todayon Wednesday.

"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 in tune showrunner moving forward," Shaw said in the interview. "We had approximately 50 percent female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors."

Shaw's co-star Rosie O'Donnell also appeared on Today and added, "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."

The interview is below.



Update 12/18/18: ABC Studios completed an investigation into Frankie Shaw and found no evidence of wrongdoing on her part, Variety reports.


SMILFcreator and star Frankie Shaw has been accused of misconduct on the set of the Showtime dramedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which detailed numerous allegations, including that Shaw behaved inappropriately while overseeing the filming of sex scenes and that she separated the show's writers by race.

Several complaints concerned Shaw's alleged mishandling of nude scenes starring Samara Weaving, who plays the girlfriend of Rafi (Miguel Gomez) on the show. According to THR, there was controversy over a Season 1 love scene. When Weaving declined to do the love scene, Shaw reportedly brought Weaving into her trailer, pulled off her own shirt -- though did not reveal her own breasts -- and asked Weaving why she had an issue being nude if Shaw didn't. (Representatives for Shaw and Weaving did not immediately return TV Guide's request for comment.)

Another incident reportedly occurred during the filming of Season 2 when Weaving was slated to shoot a nude scene with Gomez. Her reps requested a closed set, which director Cate Shortland agreed to. Shaw, who was working offset, was called in to ask how things were going; when told that the offset monitors (where outside crew could watch what was being filmed) were off, Shaw had them turned back on without the actors' or director's knowledge, according to THR. Weaving is now reportedly leaving the show due to both incidences.

Co-star Rosie O'Donnell also allegedly reported the troublesome set to Showtime and Shaw's fellow executive producer Scott King. While O'Donnell personally did not clash with Shaw, she shared concerns about the treatment of Weaving on-set, according to THR.

Frankie Shaw, SMILF​

Frankie Shaw, SMILF

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Amidst the nude scene controversy, Shaw has also been accused of separating her writing staff by race. THR reports that multiple staffers took complaints to the WGA, but TV Guide has learned that number is inaccurate. Showtime did not return TV Guide's requests for comment.

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Shaw delivered the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the allegations:

"I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager. I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard."

The second season of SMILF is set to premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:30/9:30c on Showtime.

(Disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS, Showtime's parent company.)

Editor's Note: This story has been amended to reflect new information TV Guide has learned that was incorrect or misleading in the original story, namely that multiple writers sent complaints to the Writers Guild of America, the time Weaving had before being notified of a nude scene and the nature in which Shaw addressed Weaving in her trailer during the Season 1 incident.