Aug 05, 2022
Jennette McCurdy Reignites Disturbing Dan Schneider, Nickelodeon Allegations in Explosive Memoir
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Former child actress and iCarly and Sam & Cat alum Jennette McCurdy is getting ready to share her story with the world in her upcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died. Fans are likely already braced for what they know will be a tough read.
McCurdy, who has been open about her fraught relationship with her late mother in the past, recently told The New York Times through tears that during her time as a Nickelodeon star, “My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited.It still gives my nervous system a reaction to say it.”
Her memoir recounts traumas that her friend, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, says “usually crushes a person.” She outlines her relationship with her mother, explores the roots of her eating disorder, and describes the allegedly inappropriate experiences she had on set with an ominous figure called “The Creator.”
“There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing,” McCurdy told the Times. “And also cases where they did—they knew exactly what they were doing.”
As McCurdy’s words make the rounds on social media, another name has begun trending: Dan Schneider, the prolific Nickelodeon producer behind hits like iCarly and Sam & Cat, both of which starred McCurdy, as well as Zoey 101, Victorious, and The Amanda Show.
Schneider’s abrupt exit from Nickelodeon raised eyebrows in 2018. At the time, Deadline reported that members of Schneider’s staff had filed multiple complaints of abusive behavior against him. Causes for concern reportedly included Schneider’s “well documented temper” and his previous tweets containing photos of young female actors’ toes. Other issues, including “bloated” budgets and grueling production hours, as well as Schneider’s reluctance to share production and office space with shows outside his own shingle, were also listed as contributing factors.
Nickelodeon, for their part, kept their statement vague: “Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” the statement read, in part. The network thanked Schneider for his “immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon.”
A recently released excerpt of McCurdy’s book explores the child star’s toxic relationship with “The Creator.”“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.”
In a portion of the memoir published by Vanity Fair, McCurdy describes “The Creator’s” alleged inappropriate behavior, including massaging her at work, photographing her in a bikini, and pressuring her to drink while underage. As she describes being offered the alcohol, McCurdy writes, “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.”
McCurdy also alleges that she turned down a $300,000 offer from Nickelodeon that would have prevented her from speaking about her experiences with the network. (“Specifically related to ‘The Creator.’”)
“What the fuck?” McCurdy writes. “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? 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?”
Vanity Fair reached out to the network for comment and does not appear to have heard back. The Daily Beast also requested comment from Schneider.
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Former Sixers Star Responds to Ghosting Allegations
Getty Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets.
Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers found themselves in one of the biggest stories in basketball. Following a lackluster showing in the 2021 playoffs, Ben Simmons requested a trade and distanced himself until his demands were met. It would take months for this saga to end before Daryl Morey pulled off a mega-deal at the trade deadline to acquire James Harden in exchange for the former No. 1 pick.
Following the trade, many anxiously waited for Simmons to take the floor for the first time since being dealt. Unfortunately, a back injury delayed the three-time All-Star from suiting up for Brooklyn. It would not be until the playoffs that chatter started of him possibly appearing in a game.
In the end, Simmons never took the court despite rumors of him potentially playing in Game 4 against the Celtics as the Nets were on the brink of elimination. FS1’s NBA analyst Ric Bucher recently gave more insight into the situation. He reported that Simmons left the team hanging when they asked if he was going to suit up.
“Ben Simmons, there having a team chat before Game 4, thinking he’s going to play against the Boston Celtics,” said Bucher. “From what I’m told, Ben just left the chat. They asked him, are you gonna play, Ben left the chat. Like he didn’t answer the question, just left the chat.”
Not long after this clip went viral, Simmons took to Twitter to give his response. Clearly in regards to this report, he posted “slow news day.”
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— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) August 9, 2022Pair of Sixers Rivals Among Frontrunners For Kevin Durant
Outside of Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets have been a hot topic of conversation this offseason. Despite having four years remaining on his contract, two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant has requested a trade.
Shams Charania of The Athletic recently reported that Durant met with Nets’ owner Joe Tsai recently and reiterated his demand for a change of scenery. Potential frontrunners to acquire him were also mentioned and included a pair of Sixers playoff rivals.
The Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain the most significant candidates to acquire Durant, sources said, with Boston’s package centering around All-Star forward Jaylen Brown seen as a viable deal. Tsai and the Nets have made clear privately that they will take every last asset from a team that trades for Durant, sources said.
Durant played in 55 games for Brooklyn last season and posted averages of 29.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 6.4 APG.Latest Kevin Durant Betting Odds
Some of the latest betting odds back up Shams Charania’s reported. Currently, the Boston Celtics are the favorites to be Kevin Durant’s next team by a wide margin. Their odds sit at -175, while the next closest is the Phoenix Suns at +350. Other notable names include the Golden State Warriors (+400), Toronto Raptors (+900), and Memphis Grizzlies (+1200).
Fresh off appearing in the NBA Finals, the Celtics will be looking to contend again in 2023. Acquiring Durant will certainly make them an instant title favorite but will come at a steep price. In his reporting of the initial trade offer, Shams Charania cited that the Nets want Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and another rotation player.