Miranda Cosgrove says she understands iCarly co-star Jennette McCurdy’s decision to quit acting “100 percent”. Miranda has worked in TV and film for most of her 28 years so she has some idea abut where Jennette McCurdy’s views are coming from.

McCurdy had her breakthrough playing Sam Puckett alongside Cosgrove in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. The role won her four Kids’ Choice Awards, among other accolades. She reprised the character in its spin-off series Sam & Cat (2013–2014) with Ariana Grande. McCurdy has made it no secret that she did not at all enjoy her time as a child actor.

In October 2021, McCurdy revealed that she was emotionally and sexually abused by her mother. She stated that her mother was “obsessed with making [her] a star” and detailed how her mother contributed to her eating disorder. She also revealed that her appearance on Sam & Cat was done solely to please her mother. McCurdy refused to appear in the revival of iCarly because it reminded her of her mother’s abuse on the original show.

In February 2021, McCurdy revealed that she did not see herself returning to acting, stating that she has been “ashamed” of the roles she had played in the past. She went on to say that she initially began acting to provide for her family and was happy to quit after her mother died.

Though Cosgrove understands Jennette’s decision not to join the reboot, Miranda says that iCarly is a “different show without the Sam character” and “they miss her”.
“I do think for sure that being in acting at a young age isn’t easy,” Miranda explained. “I mean, having an adult’s job when you’re a child is a hard thing to do. I totally understand her perspective 100 percent.” Miranda Cosgrove told E! News. 

But if Jennette ever changed her mind about reviving her character, Miranda would welcome her onto the show with open arms. “If she ever wanted to come back, of course, the door would always be open But I think that she’s doing a lot of really cool stuff that she wants to be doing.” the actress noted.

People always comment and say that if her character was on this show, they’d have to just like bleep out everything all the time because her character was always so wild, even on the kid’s version of the show,” Miranda explained with a laugh. “So it probably would have been really fun to see just the crazy stuff that her character would do now.” She added. Season two of iCarly is set to premiere in 2022 on Peacock.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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