Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell address ‘SMILF’ misconduct allegations

Shaw, a Boston native, told the "Today" show that she is "really grateful" that she can "take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward."

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in SMILF (Season 1, Episode 8). - Photo Credit: Claire Folger/SHOWTIME. - Photo ID: SMILF_108_1634.R.jpg
Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in "SMILF." –Claire Folger/SHOWTIME

With the second season of “SMILF” set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, Boston native Frankie Shaw is once again addressing allegations of on-set misconduct, this time with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Wednesday’s episode of the “Today” show.

“This was my first time doing this job, and we moved fast, and I was learning on the go,” said Shaw, who is both the creator and star of the series. “And I’m just really grateful that I can take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”


Reports of misconduct on the set of “SMILF,” which was filmed in Boston for its second season, first surfaced in a  Dec. 17 Hollywood Reporter article. Among the alleged issues raised in the piece were that writers of color were segregated from the show’s white writers, that their ideas were being “exploited without pay or credit,” and that actress Samara Weaving left the show due to inappropriate handling of her sex scenes, including one incident in which Shaw reportedly pulled Weaving into a trailer and “yanked off her own top and demanded to know why Weaving had a problem being nude” when Shaw did not.


Shaw’s comments on the “Today” show echoed ones she made to The Boston Globe last week, when she said that she was “learning more and more about management and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to learn these lessons so early in my career.”

Shaw was joined on “Today” by co-star Rosie O’Donnell, who praised Shaw for addressing her missteps.

“It’s a beautiful set, I have to say,” O’Donnell said. “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.”

Shaw was also scheduled to appear on an episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday night.