iCarly creator, Dan Schneider, reveals the reasons behind his Nickelodeon departure in 2018 and denies misconduct allegations against him.
iCarly creator, Dan Schneider, has opened up about his departure from Nickelodeon and has denied allegations of misconduct. The producer worked for Nickelodeon for three decades between 1988-2018. He was the creator behind some of Nickelodeon’s all-time favorites, including Drake and Josh, iCarly, Zoey 101, and Victorious. However, in 2018 Nickelodeon announced it had parted ways with Schneider.
When Schneider left Nickelodeon, he was one of the most successful children’s television producers. iCarly’s recent revival on Paramount+ reveals the longevity and success of Schneider’s creation, hence why many speculated about his sudden departure. Internet sleuths took to social media to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct against the young actresses on his show. They compiled videos displaying foot fetishes and supposed sexual innuendo in the Nickelodeon shows or awkward embraces between Schneider and his female actresses. The most concerning piece of evidence was a Vine allegedly posted by former iCarly actress Jennette McCurdy, in which she said, “Look what you’ve done to me [Dan Schneider].”
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As reported by Deadline, Schneider recently opened up about his Nickelodeon departure and responded to the allegations of misconduct. Schneider reiterated he did not depart Nickelodeon on bad terms. His time on Nickelodeon was simply an exhausting time, and he left to catch up on things he had neglected during his decades of work. He denied any allegations of misconduct and claimed he never acted inappropriately towards any of his actors. Check out his statement below:
I took a break to take care of a lot of stuff that I’d let go by the wayside for decades… The comedy was totally innocent. I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors. I never interacted with actors in any way, texting or otherwise, that should make anyone uncomfortable.
Schneider did undergo an investigation during the height of the #MeToo movement by Nickelodeon’s parent company, ViacomCBS. The investigation found no substantial evidence of sexual misconduct but did raise some concerns. Colleagues of Schneider indicated he was verbally abusive in the form of temper tantrums and angry e-mails and that he was prone to texting his minor actors outside of work hours. Schneider didn’t detail the investigation but did state that he never interacted inappropriately with any of his actors and that verbal abuse allegations were merely the result of his high standards. He holds no contempt towards Nickelodeon and wished all “the best” to the iCarly revival cast and crew.
Schneider’s decision to speak out surprised many after his years of silence following the 2018 Nickelodeon departure. His decision to do so may have been revealed in his interview, where he hinted at a comeback to the TV industry with a new adult television series. His return to the industry will certainly be interesting, considering the allegations and investigation surrounding him. While the investigation didn’t suggest anything too nefarious, it did point to some questionable behavior on Schneider’s part. As for the more serious allegations, nothing can truly be proven unless one of the minor actors were to speak out.
While Nickelodeon actors such as Amanda Bynes and iCarly’s McCurdy have revealed struggles with mental illness and eating disorders, it is mere speculation to say that Schneider is the cause. The child-acting industry in itself can be problematic and exploitative, with many child actors struggling to come to terms with their experiences as adults. However, when it comes to minors, allegations like these simply cannot be taken lightly. Whether there is truth to the speculations or not, hopefully a thorough investigation has been conducted before Schneider makes his potential return to the industry.
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