Actress Jennette McCurdy claims she was as soon as supplied $300,000 in “hush Money” to make sure that she wouldn’t publicly focus on her time at Nickelodeon or experiences with a person she labored with, known as “The Creator,” in a brand new excerpt from her upcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died (through Vanity Fair).
McCurdy was a distinguished determine on Nickelodeon through the late-2000s and early 2010s, first starring on iCarly, after which reprising her function in a short-lived spin-off known as Sam and Cat that co-starred Ariana Grande. The new excerpt from I’m Glad My Mom Died contains scenes from a dinner McCurdy had with The Creator whereas the Sam and Cat spin-off was being labored out, and later, a scene from the present’s last days, after The Creator had been accused of misconduct.
The excerpt ends with a relieved McCurdy studying that Sam and Cat had been canceled after only one season. On a name along with her numerous legal professionals, managers, and brokers, McCurdy says her staff informed her Nickelodeon was additionally providing her $300,000, of which one in all her managers allegedly mentioned, “They’re giving you three hundred thousand dollars, and the only thing they want you to do is never talk publicly about your experience at Nickelodeon.” Following this quote, McCurdy writes, “Specifically related to The Creator.”
McCurdy says she instantly turned down the “hush Money” supply, although she later admits she second-guessed her determination. Still, she pointedly writes, “Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars in hush Money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of The Creator’s abuse? This is a network with shows made for children. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to report to some sort of ethical standard?”
A consultant for Nickelodeon didn’t instantly return Rolling Stone’s request for remark.
Elsewhere within the excerpt, McCurdy particulars an uncomfortable dinner she had with The Creator earlier than the beginning of Sam and Cat. She claims through the dinner that The Creator cajoled her into ingesting some alcohol when she was nonetheless 18 and later “place[d] a hand on my knee.” She then says The Creator, pondering McCurdy was chilly, took his coat off, positioned it round her, started patting her shoulders, after which massaging her. “I want to say something, to tell him to stop, but I’m so scared of offending him,” McCurdy writes.
In the a part of the excerpt overlaying her time on Sam and Cat, McCurdy writes actually about grappling with the dying of her mom in 2013, her struggles with bulimia, falling out of affection with appearing, and the concern that her time on Nickelodeon will pigeonhole her for the remainder of her profession. She additionally remembers the fallout on set after The Creator obtained in bother “for accusations of his emotional abuse,” including, “I feel like it’s been a long time coming, and should have happened a lot sooner.”
According to McCurdy, a part of The Creator’s punishment was that he was not allowed to be on set with any of the actors. “I appreciate the amount of trouble he’s gotten in. It wasn’t just a slap on the wrist sort of thing,” she writes, including, “The Creator sits in a small cave-like room off to the side of the soundstage, surrounded by piles of cold cuts, his favorite snack, and Kids’ Choice Awards, his most cherished life accomplishment.”
McCurdy by no means explicitly identifies The Creator within the excerpt. Both iCarly and Sam and Cat had been created by Dan Schneider, who helmed a number of profitable Nickelodeon reveals. Schneider and Nickelodeon parted methods in 2018 after an investigation discovered that he could possibly be verbally abusive; there was no proof of sexual misconduct, however some mentioned Schneider might make folks really feel uncomfortable, claiming he requested workers for massages and texted youngster actors outdoors of labor hours. In a 2021 interview with The New York Times, Schneider denied appearing inappropriately with folks he labored with. A rep for Schneider didn’t return Rolling Stone’s request for remark relating to the I’m Glad My Mom Died excerpt.