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Former little one star Jennette McCurdy obtained her huge break when she was forged in Nickelodeon’s iCarly in 2007, however as she reveals in her new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, her time on the community was not all it cracked as much as be. Specifically, the now 30-year-old actress particulars the abuse she suffered by the hands of her overbearing and emotionally unstable mom, who she says failed to guard her from adults she labored with.
And though McCurdy didn’t identify former Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider — it positive seems like there could have been extra to his public 2018 ousting from the community than beforehand disclosed.
Speaking with the New York Times this week forward of her guide’s Aug. 9 release, McCurdy mentioned among the extra jaw-dropping moments she skilled whereas engaged on iCarly and its spin-off Sam & Cat, co-starring Ariana Grande.
“McCurdy endured various embarrassments and indignities at Nickelodeon, where she writes of being photographed in a bikini at a wardrobe fitting and being encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure she simply calls the Creator. In situations where her mother was present, Debra did not intervene or speak up, instructing Jennette that this was the price of showbiz success: ‘Everyone wants what you have,’ she would tell her daughter.”
That is horrendously unhealthy recommendation to offer anybody within the leisure business, to not point out coming from a mom to a baby. But additionally of word: the “intimidating figure” McCurdy refers to as “the Creator” can solely imply one man — Schneider, who’s unequivocally credited with creating the teenager sitcom.
During the height of the #MeToo motion in March of 2018, Nickelodeon all of the sudden parted methods with Schneider, citing that with a number of of his manufacturing firm’s tasks wrapping up, “both sides agreed that this is a natural time to pursue other opportunities and projects.”
However, Deadline noted at the time that there had allegedly been “multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff” and that the showrunner had been “under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows.” Among the issues which have raised eyebrows, the web site writes, “are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars.”
Of course, that is all speculative, as no former Nickelodeon stars have ever expressly pointed fingers at Schneider. But as the Times piece goes on to point out, there could also be a really logical clarification for that.
“iCarly ended its original run in 2012, and Sam & Cat ran just one season from 2013-14, after which, McCurdy writes, she turned down a $300,000 offer from Nickelodeon if she agreed never to speak publicly about her experiences at the network. (A press representative for Nickelodeon declined to comment.)
As news of the hush money began to make its way around Twitter, fans sounded off accordingly, blasting Schneider over the insinuations.
Again, it’s vital to notice that Schneider has by no means been formally accused or charged with any wrongdoing, and a lot of the rumors about his office conduct are simply that — rumors. But if there’s certainly any fact to any of it, this might be the tip of the iceberg and no quantity of hush cash goes to guard both Schneider or Nickelodeon if critical allegations do finally floor.