Former child actress and iCarly and Sam & Kat alum Jennette McCurdy gets ready to share her story with the world in her upcoming memoir, I’m glad my mother passed away. Fans are probably already braced for what they know will be hard to read.
McCurdy, who has been open about her fraught relationship with her late mother in the past, recently shared: The New York Times through tears shed during her time as a Nickelodeon star, “My whole childhood and adolescence was very exploited. It still gives my nervous system a response to say it.”
Her memoir tells of trauma that her boyfriend, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, says “usually crushes a person.” She outlines her relationship with her mother, explores the roots of her eating disorder, and describes the supposedly inappropriate experiences she had on set with an ominous figure called “The Creator.”
“There were cases where people had the best of intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing,” McCurdy told the newspaper. Time. “And also instances where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing.”
As McCurdy’s words circulate on social media, another name has started trending: Dan Schneider, the prolific Nickelodeon producer behind hits like iCarly and Sam & Katboth starring McCurdy, as well as Zoey 101, victorious, and The Amanda Show.
Schneider’s abrupt departure from Nickelodeon raised eyebrows in 2018. TNZT reported that members of Schneider’s staff had filed multiple complaints of abuse against him. Causes for concern were reportedly Schneider’s “well-documented mood” and his past tweets featuring photos of young female actors’ toes. Other issues, including “bloated” budgets and grueling production hours, as well as Schneider’s reluctance to share production and office space with shows outside of his own grind, were also cited as contributing factors.
Nickelodeon, for their part, kept their statement vague: “After many talks together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our longtime creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed not to renew the current deal,” the statement said. partially. The network thanked Schneider for his “immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon”.
A recently released excerpt from McCurdy’s book explores the child star’s toxic relationship with “The Creator.”
“The Creator does what I’ve heard from my co-stars that he does with every new star of a show he makes – he takes you under his wing. You are his favorite.”
In part of the memoir published by vanity purse, McCurdy describes “The Creator’s” alleged inappropriate behavior, including massaging her at work, photographing her in a bikini, and pressuring her to drink if she is underage. Describing being offered the alcohol, McCurdy writes, “The Creator does what I’ve heard from my co-stars he does with every new star of a show he makes – he takes you under his wing. You are his favorite.”
McCurdy also claims she turned down a $300,000 offer from Nickelodeon that would have prevented her from talking about her experiences with the network. (“Specifically related to ‘The Creator.'”)
“What the hell?” writes McCurdy. “Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 hush money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of the Creator’s abuse? This is a network of shows made for children. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? shouldn’t they at least try to report according to some sort of ethical standard?”
Vanity Fair contacted the network for comment and appears to have heard nothing. The Daily Beast also asked for comment from Schneider.
Schneider won Nickelodeon’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and has overseen 10 hit shows for the network dating back to All of thatwhich premiered in 1994 and introduced Schneider to Amanda Bynes – who would later star in his mega hit, The Amanda Show, who begot Drake & Jos.
Last June, a iCarly reboot premiered on Paramount+ without the participation of Schneider. Weeks later, Schneider finally addressed the allegations — but declined to comment on the network’s investigation — when he began fishing for a comeback in an interview with The New York Times.
Schneider denied ever acting inappropriately towards anyone at work and said he hadn’t left Nick on bad terms; instead, he attributed his departure to a period of exhaustion. He called the online discussion about using feet in his shows “ridiculous” and added, “The comedy was totally harmless.”
The 2018 ViacomCBS investigation found no evidence of sexual misconduct on the part of Schneider, the… Time reported, but determined that he could be verbally abusive with colleagues.