Former child actress and iCarly and Sam & Cat Alumnus Jennette McCurdy is ready to share her story with the world in her upcoming memoir, I’m so glad my mother died. Fans may have braced themselves for what they know will be a tough read.
McCurdy, who has been public about her strained relationship with her late mother in the past, recently told The New York Times through tears during her time as a Nickelodeon star, “Both my childhood and adolescence were exploited a lot. It still gives my nervous system a response to say it.”
Her memoir recounts the trauma that her friend, the comedian Jerrod Carmichaelspeak “usually crush a person. She outlines her relationship with her mother, explores the roots of her eating disorder, and describes the allegedly inappropriate experiences she went through on set with an ominous character called as “Creator”.
“There are cases where people have the best of intentions and may not know what they are doing,” McCurdy told Time. “And also the cases they did – they knew exactly what they were doing.”
As McCurdy’s words caused a stir on social media, another name started to trend: Dan Schneider, the famous Nickelodeon producer behind hits like such iCarly and Sam & Catboth starring McCurdy, as well as Zoey 101, Win, and Amanda show.
Schneider’s sudden departure from Nickelodeon raised eyebrows in 2018. At the time, Limit line reported that Schneider employees filed multiple complaints of abuse against him. Causes for reported concern include Schneider’s “well-documented temperament” and his previous tweets containing toe photos of young female actors. Other issues, including bloated budgets and grueling production times, as well as Schneider’s reluctance to share production and office space with gigs outside of his own compound, also occurred. listed as contributing factors.
Nickelodeon, for their part, kept their statement vague: “After many conversations with each other about our next direction and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our longtime creative partner Dan Schneider / Schneider’s Bakery has agreed not to renew the existing agreement,” the statement read, in part. The network thanks Schneider for “his great contributions to Nickelodeon.”
A recently released excerpt from McCurdy’s book explores the child star’s toxic relationship with “The Creator”.
“Nature is doing what I’ve heard from my co-stars, he does with every new star of the show he’s on — he takes you under his wing. His favorite friend.“
In part of a memoir published by Vanity Fair, McCurdy described the alleged inappropriate behavior of “The Creator,” including massaging her at work, photographing her in a bikini, and forcing her to drink underage. As she describes being offered alcohol, McCurdy writes, “The creator is doing what I’ve heard from his co-stars, he does with every new star of the show he’s working on — he takes you on his wing. You are his favorite. “
McCurdy also alleges that she turned down an offer of $300,000 from Nickelodeon, which may have kept her from talking about her experience with the network. (“Specially related to ‘The Creator’.”)
“What the hell?” McCurdy wrote. “Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars in hidden money so as not to speak publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of Creator abuse? This is a network with programs for children. Shouldn’t they have some kind of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least be trying to report to some ethical standard? “
Vanity Fair have reached out to the network for comment and do not appear to have received a response. The Daily Beast also requested comment from Schneider.
Schneider won Nickelodeon’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and has overseen 10 hit shows for the network stretch back Allpremiered in 1994 and introduced Schneider to Amanda Bynes – who would later star in his super hit, The Amanda Show, what creature? Drake and Josh.
Last June, a iCarly reboot premieres on Paramount+ without Schneider’s involvement. Weeks later, Schneider finally addressed the allegations – but declined to comment on the network’s investigation – when he began fishing for a return in an interview with The New York Times.
Schneider denies ever misbehaving with anyone at work and says he didn’t leave Nick on bad terms; instead, he attributed his departure to a period of exhaustion. He called the online discussion surrounding the use of legs on his show “ridiculous” and added, “The comedy is completely innocent.”
ViacomCBS’ 2018 investigation found no evidence of sexual misconduct on the part of Schneider, Times reported, but determined that he may have insulted a co-worker.