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The star/director of the comedy series addresses Samara Weaving’s complaint during an appearance on ‘Today,’ wherein co-star Rosie O’Donnell praises the set for carrying family feel.
Actress/director Frankie Shaw has addressed allegations of misconduct on the set of her TV comedy “SMILF”, insisting she is learning from past mistakes.
The show creator and star hit headlines in December (2018) after producers at ABC Studios launched an investigation into her conduct following a complaint raised by actress Samara Weaving, regarding the way Shaw had filmed a sex scene.
According to reports, Weaving took issue with being asked to perform the steamy season two sequence naked, even though she had a no-nudity clause in her contract. She also claimed she had felt uncomfortable with the way Shaw shot a similar scene for the show’s first season.
Shaw was cleared of any wrongdoing in the internal investigation, and now she has publicly responded to the allegations, vowing to be more attentive to her castmembers’ feelings in future.
“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,” she told U.S. breakfast show “Today”.
“And I will say I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know? We had approximately 50 per cent female crew in Boston (where ‘SMILF’ is filmed). We had almost all women directors… (including) Kerry Washington.”
Shaw’s co-star Rosie O’Donnell, who was present for the TV interview, also had nothing but good things to say about the set.
“It’s a beautiful set, I have to say,” she added. “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 OK and here we go.”
“I’m just really grateful that I can take these lessons of being a more aware and attune showrunner moving forward.”Frankie Shaw (@frankieshawisag) addresses misconduct claims on the set of her Showtime show, “Smilf” pic.twitter.com/TGAFCuSGQ0
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) January 16, 2019
Weaving has since been granted her request to be released from her contract, and therefore will not feature in another season if it gets picked up for a third run.
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