It’s no secret that there is always a ton of controversy and drama surrounding child stars. It’s usually the case of their parents siphoning money from their children or some other horrifying stories that often come out years after the actors experienced such harrowing events. That is certainly the case for iCarly star, Jennette McCurdy, who released a tell-all book called I’m Glad My Mom Died, about her life growing up in the public eye. She talks about the death of her mother, the horrible treatment she received as a child actor, and how Nickelodeon offered her hush money. According to her book, the popular children’s network offered her $300,000 to never speak about her experiences there, which she denied.
Some of the harrowing events that took place were that Jennette McCurdy spoke about being photographed in a bikini during a wardrobe fitting and being offered alcohol at a young age by someone named the “Creator.” The assumption is that the “Creator” referred to Dan Schneider, who left Nickelodeon in 2018 because of allegations that he was “verbally abusive” and “hard to work with.” Schneider also made plenty of people uncomfortable, especially when allegedly asking for shoulder and neck massages. He was known to frequently text the child actors outside of work as well. All those allegations were detailed in a piece that was published in the New York Times.
Jennette McCurdy also spoke in detail about how Nickelodeon was supposed to give her a spinoff show when iCarly had ended, but she was instead given a co-starring role with Ariana Grande on Sam & Cat. The issue with this show is that she alleged the network prevented her from pursuing other ventures outside of that show, while Grande was free to do so. All this treatment is what led to the network allegedly offering her hush money to not speak of her experiences. She clearly denied that hush money, as she has spoken up about her treatment in her tell-all book. McCurdy is another of the child actors in a long list that has spoken up about some outright disgusting treatment they received when growing up as a popular figure.
The world is certainly changing, and there are plenty of people fighting to ensure the horrific events like the ones detailed in the memoir written by Jennette McCurdy are not done to anyone else. She likely wanted to tell her story so that it does not happen to anyone else. The purpose of the #MeToo movement was to bring awareness to things of this nature, and we hope the proper people are punished for what they did to McCurdy. Especially those who were adults and trying to take advantage of a child.
Jennette McCurdy clearly wants her story to be heard, and I’m Glad My Mother Died will be hitting bookshelves on August 9th. The memoir details her journey through life as a child star and the horrific events that she experienced while at Nickelodeon. The network has not yet commented on McCurdy’s claims, which is likely not going to happen until the book is released.