“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.
“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.”
SMILF star Rosie O’Donnell 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.”
Shaw was addressing reports that emerged in December that the show’s producer ABC Signature Studios had opened an investigation into Shaw over allegations of abusive behavior and violations of industry rules on set, including the inappropriate handling of sex scenes. The investigation is still ongoing.
“ABC Studios is committed to a safe work environment and when we are made aware of issues we address them appropriately,” the studio said in a statement at the time. “Complaints were brought to our attention after season two production wrapped, and we are investigating. We will take appropriate steps going forward if season three is ordered.”
The series is currently airing its second season on Showtime.