Jennette McCurdy, star of the original version of “iCarly” and the spin-off “Sam & Cat”, denounced the abusive experiences she would have suffered on the sets of Nickelodeon’s children’s shows. She the actress starred in the two series between 2007 and 2014 and said she to this day she is upset for remembering what happened on the recordings.
“My heart starts beating fast. It makes me angry,” he said in an interview with the Washington Post to promote his memoir, “I’m glad my mother is dead.”
In the book, McCurdy details her tumultuous relationship and the abuse by her mother Debra, who was her agent until her death in 2013. The pressure was so great that it led her, years later, to give up acting.
He also writes about someone he calls “the Creator” about his time in Nick’s shows. He says he was “evil, controlling and terrifying” and prone to making “grown men and women cry with his insults and degrading him”.
Although he doesn’t identify this person by name, he told the Post it was “important to talk about it. It was so common, their behavior, and it was so accepted because everyone was afraid of losing their jobs. I don’t know. Don’t blame any of them. I understand. . But it was really a shame everything that happened on a children’s television series. It really seems like there wasn’t much moral compass there. “
McCurdy claims that the Creator crossed borders by doing things like starting an unsolicited massage on her shoulder and trying to get her to drink alcohol when she was 18.
When “Sam & Cat” ended after just one season in 2014 with a record viewership, McCurdy mentioned a $ 300,000 “thank you gift” from Nickelodeon for her to agree not to publicly talk about her experiences on the channel. , particularly in relation to the show. behavior of the “Creator”. She refused.
“iCarly” and “Sam & Cat” were created and produced by Dan Schneider.
In 2021, in an interview with the New York Times about the release of the “iCarly” reboot – which does not include McCurdy – on Paramount +, Schneider said he never acted inappropriately with colleagues.
“I could not and would not have the long-term friendships and continuing loyalty of so many respectable people if I mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors,” he told the newspaper.
The article mentioned an investigation by Nickelodeon’s parent company, ViacomCBS, after a complaint about the manufacturer’s behavior. The investigation indicated that Schneider was verbally abusive towards colleagues, but found no evidence of sexual misconduct.
He does not participate in the restart of “iCarly” and has not worked with Nickelodeon since 2018, when his contract expired.