Jennette McCurdy, a Nickelodeon actress well-known for her roles on “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat”, claims that she was offered hush money and drink alcohol as a child star.
In her memoir, “I’m glad my mother died”, she writes that someone took a picture of her in a bikini at a wardrobe fitting. She called the person who took the photo “Creator.” This photographer pressured her to drink alcohol when she was a teenager and an actress on Nickelodeon, as well as massaging her at work.
i’m so excited for my book to come out lol
— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) July 24, 2022
McCurdy’s mom Debra, who passed away in 2013, stated that such things are just the result of fame.
McCurdy stated this to the New York Times
“My entire childhood and adolescence were very exploited”.
Ariana Grande was the star of “Sam & Cat”. She was able to do other acting jobs while filming but McCurdy criticized Nickolodean’s double standard. McCurdy claimed she was prevented by the network from performing other roles.
McCurdy pointed out that Nickolodeon did not want McCurdy speaking publicly about her time on the channel. McCurdy claimed that she was offered $300,000.00 in hush money to keep her quiet about what actually happened.
McCurdy wrote in her book:
“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.”
McCurdy also described how her mother controlled her career and caused her anxiety. In an audition, she recalls, she was told to cry. McCurdy said:
“I’m sitting in the waiting room mustering up all my sadness when something shifts in me. It feels strange.”
Her audition did not work out the way she wanted to. She told Debra that she did not want to continue acting. But her mother made McCurdy feel guilty about wanting to leave, and she continued acting.
During her time at “iCarly,” McCurdy says her relationship with Debra began to soften.
“I jump into Mom’s arms. She squeezes me. I’m elated … Everything’s going to be different now. Everything’s going to be better. Mom will finally be happy. Her dream has come true.”
Even in the show itself, McCurdy (Sam) never had a warm relationship with her mother until late in the “iCarly” episodes.
We previously reported that Hollywood’s problem with pedophilia was being ignored. She also mentioned Nickolodean’s Dan Schneider and his quiet departure.
— Wade (@wadewire) May 3, 2018
Although it is possible you may not know this, Dan Schneider is the creator and founder of “iCarly.” McCurdy called Schneider the “Creator” photographer, which could mean McCurdy was referring specifically to Schneider.
Hollywood isn’t magical land where everything is perfect. It is a place where people are treated with respect. There are many stories of people who spoke out and those who didn’t fear being abused by their colleagues or producers.
McCurdy was only one example of Hollywood elitists being exploited.