On the heels of Jennette McCurdy’s blockbuster memoir, I’m Glad My Mother Died, through which she alleges that Nickelodeon supplied her $300,000 in hush cash to remain silent about her experiences working at Nickelodeon as a star of each iCarly and Sam & Cat, one other former Nick actor is talking out in opposition to the youngsters’s community.
Alexa Nikolas, who starred as Nicole Bristow on two seasons of the Dan Schneider–created Zoey 101, protested in opposition to Nickelodeon outdoors of the community’s Burbank headquarters on Thursday. Holding an indication that learn, “Nickelodeon Didn’t Defend Me,” she and roughly 20 protesters objected to alleged misconduct by the hands of Nick and among the community’s higher-ups, together with Schneider. (Vainness Honest has reached out to reps for Nickelodeon and Schneider for remark.)
Nikolas—who heads the group Eat Predators, which advocates for sexual abuse survivors—organized the Instagram-livestreamed protest. “I wanna make Nick secure for teenagers, as a result of in my private expertise engaged on Zoey 101, I didn’t really feel secure,” she instructed TMZ on the protest. “I didn’t really feel like Nickelodeon was defending me or had my greatest pursuits in thoughts. So after listening to so many alternative tales from completely different Nick stars, it simply looks like sufficient is sufficient.”
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In the course of the demonstration, Nikolas objected to the truth that Nickelodeon has but to touch upon allegations of misconduct. She additionally railed in opposition to nondisclosure agreements just like the one McCurdy was allegedly supplied, and Nikolas referred to Schneider as “the creator of childhood trauma.” (McCurdy doesn’t identify Schneider in her guide, she solely refers to an government she calls “The Creator.”) Schneider, who additionally created or produced fashionable exhibits for the community together with All That, The Amanda Present, Drake & Josh, and Victorious, was the topic of a June 2021 New York Instances piece, which recounted his exit from Nickelodeon in 2018.
In accordance with the Instances, Schneider left the community with $7 million left on his contract. On the time, he and Nickelodeon launched a joint assertion stating he would pursue “different alternatives and initiatives.” As an alternative, Schneider largely retreated from the trade. Previous to the announcement, the Instances wrote, Nickelodeon mother or father firm ViacomCBS had investigated Schneider. A probe of dozens of staff reportedly discovered no proof of sexual misconduct by Schneider, however that many “considered him as verbally abusive.”
Schneider declined to touch upon the investigation to the Instances, however insisted that his departure was self-imposed. “I took a break to care for a number of stuff that I’d let go by the wayside for many years,” Schneider stated, declaring his greater than 100-pound weight reduction. “No matter I do subsequent, I would like it to outdo what I’ve completed prior to now.”
Whereas a number of former colleagues instructed the Instances they “felt uncomfortable when he ceaselessly requested an worker from the costume division for shoulder and neck massages, or texted little one actors outdoors of labor hours,” Schneider denied any wrongdoing. “I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many respected individuals if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, particularly minors,” he stated.
McCurdy’s best-selling memoir has acquired public assist from fellow former Nickelodeon stars together with Miranda Cosgrove, Josh Peck, and Victoria Justice. As Nikolas stated at Thursday’s protest: “I positively don’t wish to hear another story of a Nick star having a traumatic expertise, that’s for certain.”