“SMILF” creator Frankie Shaw opened up on Thursday about her experience facing accusations of misconduct by one of her actresses and the subsequent cancellation of her Showtime series, saying that she “lived through my worst nightmare” but ultimately learned from “many mistakes.”
“I was thinking that if I could’ve written my actual nightmare, it wouldn’t have been this bad,” Shaw told TheWrap’s editor in chief Sharon Waxman Thursday during the opening session of the BE Conference at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. “It was pretty bad… It was shocking, it was public and I had no idea that things were being said. It was so much crazy gossip, and it was an attack on me personally — some of it.”
In December, Shaw came under scrutiny after Samara Weaving, a series regular on “SMILF,” left the show after filing a complaint with producers and the network about the way the show handled the filming of a sex scene. A human resources investigation subsequently conducted by ABC Studios, with Shaw’s full cooperation, found no evidence of misconduct.
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