Former baby star Jennette McCurdy pulled again the curtain on her irritating and unsettling experiences working for an allegedly inappropriate man at Nickelodeon whom she refers to solely as “the Creator” in her forthcoming memoir.
The “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat” alum particulars the allegations in “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” which delves into her work, consuming dysfunction and fraught relationship along with her mom (who, she says, “taught” her mentioned consuming dysfunction at age 11). Simon & Schuster will publish the intimate memoir Tuesday.
However an excerpt revealed Friday by Vainness Honest (and in addition reviewed by The Instances) shares her account about “the Creator,” who she claims pressured her to drink whereas underage and massaged her whereas making guarantees about her present.
McCurdy, 30, additionally alleges that Nickelodeon supplied her $300,000 to maintain quiet about it.
Representatives for Nickelodeon didn’t reply Friday to The Instances’ request for remark.
McCurdy performed the spontaneous Sam Puckett within the channel’s hit live-action comedy “iCarly” for six seasons from 2007 to 2012 — a present she booked on the age of 14 and in addition says she was “humiliated to be a part of.” She starred alongside Miranda Cosgrove (Carly), who turned her real-life bestie, and Nathan Kress (Freddie), after which starred in a short-lived spinoff referred to as “Sam & Cat” with Ariana Grande.
She alleges the abuse occurred within the lead-up to “Sam & Cat,” a present she hated for numerous causes — lots of which needed to do along with her budding co-star’s absences whereas Grande pursued her music profession. .
In an anecdote about having one other “frequent” dinner with “the Creator” whereas her contract for the spinoff was being labored out, McCurdy says he pushed her — at 18 — to have a sip of his spiked espresso. She beforehand described him as having two sides: one being “generous and over-the-top complimentary,” and the opposite as “mean-spirited, controlling, and terrifying” and able to making “grown men and women cry with his insults and degradation.”
“The Creator is doing the thing that I’ve heard from my co-stars he does with every new star of a show that he’s making — he takes you under his wing. You’re his favorite. For now. I like being his favorite for now. I feel like I’m doing something right,” she writes, including, “I’m confused. He just said he could choose anyone, which made me feel not special and now he’s saying he chose me because I’m talented, which makes me feel special again. This kind of confusion is normal around him.”
Throughout that dinner, she says, he positioned his hand on her knee and massaged her shoulders, however she was too afraid to inform him to cease.
A number of chapters later, she writes how “the Creator” “has gotten in trouble from the network for accusations of his emotional abuse,” which she describes as feeling “like it’s been a long time coming, and should have happened a lot sooner.” She additionally mentioned that as her frustration grew with the community, he promised her an opportunity to direct an episode of one in all his reveals, however that by no means got here to fruition as a result of an unnamed “somebody” threatened to give up the present if she did.
“I appreciate the amount of trouble he’s gotten in. It wasn’t just a slap-on-the-wrist sort of thing. It’s to the point where he’s no longer allowed to be on set with any actors, which makes communication in between takes complicated,” she defined of the grueling working surroundings that his alleged conduct led to.
Then, she says, throughout a name along with her administration firm, she was supplied $300,000.
“‘And the only thing they want you to do is never talk publicly about your experience at Nickelodeon.’ Specifically related to the Creator,” she writes.
She says the greenback quantity was framed by a supervisor as “a thank-you gift” and “free money” from the community, however she contends that it felt like hush cash.
“What the f—? Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred thousand dollars in hush money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of The Creator’s abuse?” she writes. “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 report to some sort of ethical standard?”
McCurdy says she refused the cash however later laments that she possibly she ought to have taken it.
The e book, which additionally describes how McCurdy felt “robbed and exploited” by fame, additionally goes into her resentment and jealousy of Grande, whose burgeoning pop profession led to the singer repeatedly lacking work.
“I’m done being a good sport. I resent being a good sport. If I wasn’t such a good sport to begin with, I wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place. I wouldn’t be on this s— show saying these s— lines on this s— set with this s— hairstyle,” she writes. “Maybe my life would be entirely different right now. I fantasize about it being different. But it’s not different. It’s this. This is what it is. Ariana misses work in pursuit of her music career while I act with a box [for an episode]. I’m pissed about it. And I’m pissed at her. Jealous of her.”
McCurdy mentioned she give up performing a couple of years in the past, as a result of it was her mom’s dream for her to turn into an actor and never her personal. She has additionally been open about her Hollywood stint on her podcast, “Empty Inside,” describing her performing profession as “hellish.”