Jennette McCurdy Says Nickelodeon Offered $300,000 in ‘Hush Money’ After ‘Sam and Cat’

Jennette McCurdy - Credit: Philip Cheung/The Washington Post/Getty Im
Actress Jennette McCurdy claims she was once offered $300,000 in "hush money" to ensure she would share her time at Nickelodeon or her experiences with a man she worked with dubbed "The Creator." , would not publicly discuss her future in a new excerpt from her memoir, I'm Glad My Mom Died (via Vanity Fair).
McCurdy was a prominent character on Nickelodeon in the late 2000s and early 2010s, first starring on iCarly and then reprising her role in a short-lived spin-off called Sam and Cat, which starred Ariana Grande. The new I'm Glad My Mom Died clip includes scenes from a dinner McCurdy had with The Creator while the Sam and Cat spin-off was being finalized, and later a scene from the show's final days after The Creator died was charged with misconduct.
ADVERTISEMENT
More from Rolling Stone
See Jack Harlow Perform Medley, Get Slimed at Kids Choice Awards
Watch the trailer for the new documentary on Nickelodeon's Glory Days, The Orange Years
The Ren and Stimpy Show airs on Comedy Central
The excerpt ends with a relieved McCurdy learning that Sam and Cat were canceled after just one season. Speaking to her various attorneys, managers and agents, McCurdy says her team told her Nickelodeon was also offering her $300,000, of which one of her managers allegedly said, "They're giving you three hundred thousand dollars, and the only thing you want is that you never speak publicly about your experience at Nickelodeon." After this quote, McCurdy writes, "Specifically in connection with the creator."
McCurdy says she immediately turned down the "hush money" offer, though she later admits she had doubts about her decision. "Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 in hush money so I won't speak publicly about my experiences on the show," she wrote. My personal experience of abusing the Creator? This is a network with shows for children. Shouldn't they have some kind of moral compass? Shouldn't they at least try to report according to an ethical standard?”
ADVERTISEMENT
A Nickelodeon representative did not immediately respond to 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 over dinner that the Creator talked her into drinking some alcohol when she was 18 and later "put a hand on my knee." She then says that the creator, thinking McCurdy was cold, took off his coat, put it around her, began patting her shoulders and then massaging her. "I want to say something, tell him to stop, but I'm so afraid to offend him," McCurdy writes.
In the portion of the excerpt covering her time with Sam and Cat, McCurdy writes candidly about coming to terms with her mother's death in 2013, her struggles with bulimia, her love of acting, and the fear that her time on Nickelodeon would turn into a... She is pigeonholed for the rest of her career. She also recalls the aftermath on set after The Creator got into trouble "over allegations of his emotional abuse," adding, "I feel like it took a long time and 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 into. It wasn't just a slap on the wrist," she writes, adding, "The creator sits in a small cavernous room off the stage surrounded by mountains of cold cuts, his favorite snack and the Kids' Choice Awards, his most prized lifetime achievement."
McCurdy never explicitly identifies The Creator in the excerpt. Both iCarly and Sam and Cat were developed by Dan Schneider, who directed several successful Nickelodeon shows. Schneider and Nickelodeon split in 2018 after an investigation found he may be verbally abusive; There was no evidence of sexual misconduct, but some said Schneider could make people feel uncomfortable, claiming he asked employees for massages and texted children outside of work hours. In a 2021 interview with The New York Times, Schneider denied behaving inappropriately towards people he worked with. A Schneider representative did not respond to Rolling Stone's request for comment on the excerpt, "I'm glad my mother passed away."
The best of Rolling Stone
Risky Deals: Every Tom Cruise Movie Ranked - Updated
70 greatest music documentaries of all time
How true is "respect"? Aretha Franklin biopic fact check
Click here to read the full article.
Jennette McCurdy
American actress

Last News

NASCAR's Daniel Suarez Issues A Strong Warning To New Teammate Kimi Räikkönen

Former NFL player and 'AGT' finalist fumbles magic trick during live show

Former NFL player and 'AGT' finalist fumbles magic trick during live show

Trump 'endorses' Dan Goldman, the lawyer who led his impeachment, amid a confounding string of Truth Social posts praising Democrats

Trump 'endorses' Dan Goldman, the lawyer who led his impeachment, amid a confounding string of Truth Social posts praising Democrats

Christina Ricci Says She Is Embarrassed by Her Performance in Casper : 'I Didn't Try Very Hard'