Earlier this month, “iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy’s bombshell memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” detailed alleged abuse she experienced while working at Nickelodeon. Now, several former child actors and Nickelodeon staffers are speaking out against Dan Schneider, creator of “Zoey 101,” “Victorious,” “iCarly” and “Drake & Josh,” who reshaped the network and kids’ television at large.
Recently, actress Daniella Monet accused Nickelodeon bosses of overlooking her concerns about a “sexualized” scene she appeared in on the show Victorious. The 33-year-old played Trina Vega, a character who constantly endured jokes about her chest size, on the show between 2010 and 2013. Monet told Insider in a new interview that some of the actors’ costumes on the show were “not age appropriate”—and that she “wouldn’t even wear some of that today as an adult.”
Monet recalled one particular incident during her time on the show in which she was seen eating a pickle and using lip gloss. The scene was broadcast despite Monet’s claims that she complained to Nickelodeon after the shoot.
While Monet described Victorious overall as a “very PC, funny, silly, friendly, chill” show, she said that there were moments that sparked questions on her part. Monet told the outlet, “Do I wish certain things, like, didn’t have to be so sexualized? Yeah. A hundred percent,” She also criticized Dan Schneider and alleged that Schneider worked in male-dominated writers’ rooms.
It was noted that none of Schneider’s shows credited more than two women writers in the entirety of their runs, while the outlet reported that Zoey 101 and Drake & Josh didn’t have any at all. The report also states that Schneider, 56, “signed off on all outfits” and “campaign[ed] for the skimpier options.” Schneider has recently faced other allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Alexa Nikolas, who starred in the first two seasons of “Zoey 101,” has been outspoken about her “traumatizing” experience at the network for years. She told Insider that Schneider once screamed at her until she broke down in tears, and that he would often take photos with teenage actresses sitting on his lap. Last week, Nikolas, who is now 30, protested alleged unsafe working conditions at Nickelodeon and revealed that she did not “feel safe” around Schneider.
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