Jennette McCurdy Says Nickelodeon Offered $300,000 in ‘Hush Money’
Actress Jennette McCurdy claims she was once offered $300,000 in ‘silent money’ to ensure she wouldn’t publicly discuss her time at Nickelodeon or her experiences with a man she worked with, referred to as “The Creator,” in a new excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, I’m glad my mother died (Going through vanity lounge).
McCurdy was a prominent figure at Nickelodeon in the late 2000s and early 2010s, first performing on iCarlythen reprising his role in a short-lived spin-off called sam and cat who co-starred with Ariana Grande. The new excerpt from I’m glad my mother died includes scenes from a dinner McCurdy had with The Creator while the sam and cat a spin-off was in the works, 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. On a call with his various attorneys, managers and agents, McCurdy says his team told him that Nickelodeon was also offering him $300,000, of which one of his managers reportedly said, “They give you three hundred thousand dollars, and the only thing they want you to never talk about your experience at Nickelodeon publicly. Following this quote, McCurdy writes: “Specifically related to the Creator”.
McCurdy says she immediately turned down the “silent money” offer, although she later admits she second-guessed her decision. Yet she pointedly writes, “Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred grand in silent money for not speaking publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of Creator 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 conform to some sort of ethical standard? »
A representative for Nickelodeon did not return immediately rolling stonerequest for comment.
Elsewhere in the clip, McCurdy details an uncomfortable dinner she had with The Creator before the start of sam and cat. She claims during dinner that The Creator tricked her into drinking alcohol when she was still 18 and later “placed[d] a hand on my knee. She then says The Creator, thinking McCurdy was cold, took off her coat, put it around her, started patting her shoulders, then massaging her. “I want to say something, tell him to stop, but I’m so scared to offend him,” McCurdy wrote.
In the portion of the excerpt covering his time on sam and cat, McCurdy writes candidly about struggling with her mother’s death in 2013, her bulimia issues, her disaffection with acting, and her fear that her time on Nickelodeon will set her back for the rest of her career. She also recalled the on-set fallout after The Creator got in trouble “on emotional abuse charges”, adding, “I feel like it’s been a long time and it should have happened a lot sooner. “
According to McCurdy, part of The Creator’s punishment was that he was no longer allowed to be on set with any of the actors. “I appreciate the amount of trouble he got. It wasn’t just a slap on the wrist,” she wrote, adding, “The Creator is sitting in a small cave-like room next to the soundstage, surrounded by heaps of deli meats, his favorite snack, and the Kids’ Choice Awards, the fulfillment of his most cherished life.
McCurdy never explicitly identifies the Creator in the excerpt. Both iCarly and sam and cat were created by Dan Schneider, who has helmed several successful Nickelodeon shows. Schneider and Nickelodeon split in 2018 after an investigation revealed he could be verbally abusive; there was no evidence of sexual misconduct, but some said Schneider could make people feel uncomfortable, saying he asked employees for massages and texted child actors outside of working hours work. In a 2021 interview with The New York Times, Schneider denied acting inappropriately with people he worked with. A representative of Schneider did not return rolling stonerequest for comments from I’m glad my mother died extract.