“I would say I’ve learned so much, there’s so many lessons,” she told Meyers during an appearance on Late Night that aired Wednesday. “I went from making short films in my basement to running a crew of over 215 people and there are a lot of lessons along the way. I’m right now thinking of a better structure for communication and how to delegate more and have a team around me and thinking about how everyone can feel seen and heard, essentially.”
Meyers commented that, after reading about the claims, he thought about how there aren’t courses for new showrunners to learn how to manage. “I hope all networks take this as an opportunity to be like, ‘Oh, we have to make sure that people who are in charge understand that responsibility,” he said.
“Yeah, thank you for saying that,” Shaw responded. “I’ll clap for that.”
The Hollywood Reporter revealed in December that one of the featured actresses would be leaving SMILF after two sex scenes were allegedly mishandled. She said she was pressured into a nude scene even though her contract contained a no-nudity clause and set monitors were turned on even though she asked they remain off during a closed set.
Through an attorney, Shaw released a statement to THR that read, “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.”
She also addressed the situation this week with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on Today before her Late Night appearance.
“This is my first time doing this job and we moved fast,” Shaw said. “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 later added, “And I will say, I am really proud of a lot of the work we did, you know? We had approximately 50 percent female crew in Boston. We had almost all women directors … [including] Kerry Washington.”