Ancient iCarly star Jennette McCurdy has made some significant allegations against Nickelodeon, ranging from not having the same privileges as her sam and cat co-star Ariana Grande to a “gift” of $300,000 if she agreed to never speak about her experiences at the famous children’s network.
An excerpt published by vanity lounge McCurdy’s new memoir, I’m glad my mother died, went into detail about McCurdy’s experience as a rising TV star. An unnamed man, referred to as “the creator”, allegedly pressured McCurdy to drink when she was underage and gave her massages. Although “the Creator” is not named in the book, iCarly was notoriously the brainchild of Dan Schneider, who was investigated by ViacomCBS before his departure from Nickelodeon in 2018.
McCurdy alleged that “the Creator” had a two-faced personality that included a “generous and overly complimentary” side, as well as a “wicked, controlling, and terrifying” side that could make “grown-up men and women”. cry with his insults and his degradation.
While “the creator” later faced significant consequences for her behavior on the network, McCurdy wrote that she was told she would receive the $300,000 “thank you gift” as long as she accepted. never to speak publicly about his experience at Nickelodeon. In the end, she chose not to accept it.
“What the fuck? Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars in silent money for not speaking publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of The Creator’s abuse?” McCurdy wrote. “It’s a network with shows made for kids. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to relate to some sort of ethical standard?”
While McCurdy had been promised a iCarly spin-off, the program eventually became sam and catin which she co-starred with Grande, who reprized her role from the series Victorious. But while Grande was allowed to pursue work opportunities outside of the program, McCurdy was told by executives she couldn’t.
“What finally undid me was when Ariana came in whistling excitedly because she’d spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’ house. That’s when I broke up “, McCurdy wrote in his memoir.
McCurdy detailed other incidents on the network, including how she was embarrassed to be photographed in a bikini during a wardrobe fitting. When she expressed her concerns to her mother, she told her to deal with it, because “everyone wants what you have”.
This response was just one part of the complex relationship with his late mother. As she struggled with the fixed life, she also opened up about how very difficult her home life was.
“My earliest childhood memories were of heaviness and chaos,” McCurdy said. People in 2021, sharing that she witnessed serious physical fights at home between her parents. “My mother’s emotions were so erratic it was like walking a tightrope every day. Mood swings were daily.”
Although the actress is terribly shy, she said her mother “always dreamed of being a famous actress and became obsessed with making me a star”. This included monitoring and controlling his food. At the time, McCurdy suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and anxiety.
“I know if my mom was alive, I would still have an eating disorder,” McCurdy explained. “It was only the distance from her that allowed me to regain my health.”