- In her new memoir, Jennette McCurdy said Nickelodeon offered her $300,000 in “petty change.”
- McCurdy said that in return, she was asked never to talk about her experiences at the network.
- The star said she rejected the offer “immediately and instinctively”.
Jennette McCurdy said Nickelodeon offered her $300,000 in “petty money” if she agreed not to speak publicly about her experiences with the network.
McCurdy described her time playing Sam Puckett on “iCarly” and the spin-off series “Sam & Cat” in her new memoir, “I’m glad my mom died.” will be released on Tuesday.
In an excerpt published by Vanity fair On Friday, the actress recalled being on a conference call with her managers, agents and lawyers to discuss the cancellation of the movie “Sam & Cat,” which starred Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine.
The star, who said she had a negative experience on set, recalled being glad the show was ending.
In her memoir, McCurdy said that Nickelodeon offered her a “thank you gift”.
“They give you $300,000 and the only thing they want you to do is never talk publicly about your Nickelodeon experience,” a manager told McCurdy, according to the actress.
McCurdy said she was asked not to talk about her experiences “specifically related to the Creator” and she “immediately and instinctively” refused.
“This is not free money. It looks like hush money to me,” McCurdy said at the time.
“What the hell? Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 in hush money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show?” McCurdy wrote in her book. “My personal experience of abusing the Creator? This is a network with children’s shows. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to report to some sort of moral standard?”
Although McCurdy did not name The Creator in her book, she may have been referring to Dan Schneider, who is credited as the creator of “iCarly,” “Sam & Cat” and various other hit Nickelodeon shows, including “All That’, ‘The Amanda Show’, ‘Drake & Josh’ and ‘Victorious’.
“I wanted some laughter around it, especially because I know there’s so much tension there,” she said.
Earlier in the quote, McCurdy said the Creator pushed her, then a minor, to drink alcohol to give her an “edge.”
Additionally, the actor said he gave her an unsolicited back rub that made her feel uncomfortable. McCurdy wrote that she wanted to tell him to stop, but was “so afraid of offending him.”
McCurdy also recalled that the Creator was in “trouble from the network over allegations of emotional abuse.”
“I feel like it’s been a long time coming and it should have happened a lot sooner,” he said.
McCurdy said the Creator was disciplined to the point where he was “no longer allowed to be on set with any actors”. He said he had to sit “in a small cave-like room at the edge of the sound stage” and delegate his notes to the cast and crew through an assistant director.
McCurdy’s recollections in her book are similar to previous accusations against Schneider.
Snyder defended his behavior in a 2021 interview with the New York Times.
The publication said an investigation was conducted by Nickelodeon’s parent company, ViacomCBS, before his departure. According to the New York Times, the investigation found no evidence of sexual harassment, but people who worked with him considered him a verbal abuser.
Snyder defended his leadership style, saying he has “high standards” and is “very willing to creatively stand up for things I believe in.”
Regarding allegations of inappropriate interactions with the stars of his shows, he told the New York Times: “I could not and would not have had the long friendships and continued loyalty of so many trusted people if he had treated me badly. actors of all ages, especially minors”.
Representatives for Nickelodeon and Schneider did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.