Jennette McCurdy Says Nickelodeon Offered $300,000 in ‘Hush Money’

In a new excerpt from her upcoming memoir, I’m glad my mom passed away (through Vanity Fair).

McCurdy was a prominent figure on Nickelodeon during the late 2000s and early 2010s, first starring on iCarlyand then reprise her role in a short-lived spin-off called Sam and cat that co-starred Ariana Grande. The new excerpt from I’m glad my mom passed away contains scenes from a dinner McCurdy had with The Creator while the Sam and cat spin-off was fleshed out, and later a scene from the show’s final days, after The Creator was accused of misconduct.

The clip ends with a relieved McCurdy learning that: Sam and cat was canceled after just one season. Speaking to her various attorneys, managers and agents, McCurdy says her team told her that Nickelodeon also offered her $300,000, of which one of her managers is said to have said, “They give you three hundred thousand dollars, and all they want is that.” you never talk publicly about your Nickelodeon experience.” After this quote, McCurdy writes, “Specifically related to The Creator.”

McCurdy says she immediately turned down the “hush money” offer, though she later admits she doubted her decision. Still, she emphatically writes, “Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 hush money not to talk publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of the Creator’s abuse? This is a network of shows made for children. Wouldn’t they have some sort of moral shouldn’t they at least try to report according to some sort of ethical standard?”

A Nickelodeon representative did not immediately return rolling stone‘s request for comment.

Elsewhere in the clip, McCurdy describes an awkward dinner she had with The Creator before the start of Sam and cat. She claims at dinner that the Creator persuaded her to drink some alcohol when she was still 18 and later “place”[d] a hand on my knee.” She then says that The Creator thought McCurdy was cold, took off his coat, wrapped it around her, started patting her on the shoulders, then massaged her. “I want to say something, tell him to stop, but I’m so afraid to offend him,” McCurdy wrote.

In the part of the fragment about her time on Sam and catMcCurdy writes candidly about struggling with her mother’s death in 2013, her struggle with bulimia, her love of acting, and the fear that her time on Nickelodeon will pigeonhole her for the rest of her career. She also recalls the fallout on set after The Creator got into trouble “because of allegations of his emotional abuse,” adding, “I feel like it took a long time and it should have happened a lot sooner.”

According to McCurdy, part of The Creator’s punishment was not being allowed to be on set with any of the actors. “I appreciate the amount of trouble he’s had. It wasn’t just a slap on the wrist,” she writes, adding: “The Creator sits in a small cavern-like room to the side of the soundstage, surrounded by piles of meats, his favorite snack and Kids’ Choice Awards, his most cherished achievement in life.

McCurdy never explicitly identifies The Creator in the clip. Both iCarly and Sam and cat were created by Dan Schneider, who helmed several successful Nickelodeon shows. Schneider and Nickelodeon split in 2018 after an investigation found he could be verbally abusive; there was no evidence of sexual misconduct, but some said Schneider could make people feel uncomfortable, claimed he asked employees for massages and texted child actors outside of work hours. In an interview in 2021 with The New York TimesSchneider denied acting inappropriately with people he worked with. A representative for Schneider did not return rolling stone‘s request for comment regarding the I’m glad my mom passed away extract.

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