Jennette McCurdy Says Nickelodeon Offered $300,000 for Hush Money

Actress Jennette McCurdy claims she was once offered $300,000 in “silence money” to ensure she was not publicly discussed for the time she spent on Nickelodeon or experiences with a man she worked with, referred to as “The Creator,” in a new excerpt from her upcoming memoir, I’m so glad my mom passed away (Across Vanity Fair).

McCurdy was a leading character on Nickelodeon during the late 2000s and early 2000s, and he starred for the first time. iCarlyShe then reprized her role in a short-lived episodic film called Sam and a cat Co-starring Ariana Grande. New excerpt from I’m so glad my mom passed away Includes scenes from a dinner McCurdy had with The Creator while he was Sam and a cat Work was being done on the spin-off and, later, a scene from the show’s final days, after The Creator was accused of misconduct.

The excerpt ends with McCurdy learning that with relief Sam and a cat It was canceled after only one season. In a call with several attorneys, managers, and agents, McCurdy said her team told her Nickelodeon was also offering her $300,000, allegedly one of her managers saying, “They’re giving you $300,000, and the only thing they want you to do is not talk publicly about your Nickelodeon experience.” Following this quote, McCurdy wrote: “Specifically related to The Creator.”

McCurdy says she immediately turned down the “quiet money” offer, though she later admitted that she had anticipated her decision. However, she clearly wrote: “Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 in silent money to not speak out about my experience on the show? My personal experience with the Creator’s abuse? This is a network with shows dedicated to children. Shouldn’t they have some kind of moral compass? Don’t they? Should they at least try to report to some kind of ethical standard?”

No longer a Nickelodeon representative immediately rolling rockComment request.

Elsewhere in the excerpt, McCurdy detailed an uncomfortable dinner she had with The Creator before the start of Sam and a cat. She claims during dinner that the Creator summoned her to drink some alcohol when she was still eighteen years old and then “place[d] a hand on my knee.” Then she said The Creator, thinking McCurdy was cold, took off his coat, put it around her, and began patting her shoulders, then massaging her. McCurdy wrote, “I want to say something, to tell him to stop, but I am so afraid of offending him.”

In the excerpt part that covers her time Sam and a catMcCurdy writes honestly about her struggles with her mother’s death in 2013, her struggles with bulimia, falling in love with acting, and the fear that her time at Nickelodeon will mark her for the rest of her career. She also recalls the fallout after The Creator got into trouble “due to accusations of emotional abuse,” 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 with any of the actors. She wrote, “I appreciate the amount of trouble he’s been in. It wasn’t just a slap on the wrist,” adding, “The Creator is sitting in a small cave-like room next to the sound stage, surrounded by piles of deli meats, his favorite snacks, and Kids’ Choice Awards, the most treasured achievement of his life.” .

McCurdy never explicitly mentions the creator in the excerpt. Both iCarly And the Sam and a cat It was created by Dan Schneider, who has directed several successful Nickelodeon shows. Schneider and Nickelodeon Crossroads in 2018 After it emerged from the investigation that he could be verbally abusive; There was no evidence of sexual misconduct, but some said Schneider could make people feel uncomfortable, claiming he asked staff to do massages and text child actors out of hours. In a 2021 interview with New York timesSchneider has denied behaving inappropriately with the people he has worked with. Schneider’s representative is no longer rolling rockRequest a comment about I’m so glad my mom passed away excerpts.