Former Nickelodeon star, Jeanette McCurdy, has accused the company of mistreatment and offering her hush money after the director of her show was publicly reprimanded for verbally abusing his coworkers.
McCurdy claims she was offered $300,000 not to talk about her experience on “iCarly,” where she played Sam Puckett. She chose not to accept it and is now telling all in her new memoir.
An excerpt published by Vanity Fair reads:
“What the f**k? 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?”
The Creator is never named but the show’s director, Dan Schneider, was in hot water for his treatment of onset coworkers. He was investigated by ViacomCBS before departing Nickelodeon in 2018.
McCurdy explained how he manipulated her, made her feel uncomfortable, and regularly crossed boundaries.
He once gave her a shoulder massage while reminding her of a “gift” he gave: her own show to star in. That didn’t quite happen as she ended up co-starring in the show Sam & Cat with Ariana Grande.
McCurdy also accused Nickelodeon of mistreatment, claiming that while Grande was able to pursue other opportunities, McCurdy was told no.
“What finally undid me was when Ariana came whistle-toning in with excitement because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’s house. That was the moment I broke.”