So, you remember Jennette McCurdy, right? She’s the actress who played Sam Puckett on “iCarly” and then starred in her own spinoff, “Sam & Cat.” Well, in her recent memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died”, she dropped a massive bombshell. She claims that Nickelodeon offered her a whopping $300,000 to keep mum about some seriously not-okay things that happened to her while she was working there.
She doesn’t mention this person by their real name in her book, instead, she just calls them “The Creator.” Jennette describes how this person encouraged her to drink alcohol when she was still just 18 and would touch her shoulders in a way that made her uncomfortable. She was super scared to tell him to knock it off.
The day she found out her spinoff show was getting the boot, her agent gave her the news about this big-money offer. According to Jennette, the agent made it seem like this was just a “thank you gift” from Nickelodeon. But things got real when one of her managers broke it down: if she took the money, she would have to promise never to discuss her time at Nickelodeon, specifically the stuff involving “The Creator.”
Guess what? Jennette wasn’t having it. She turned down the offer, even when her team was all, “This is free money!” She knew it wasn’t just free money, it was hush money, and she wasn’t about to be silenced.
As she put it, “Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 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.” She makes a great point about the network needing to uphold some kind of ethical standard, right?
In the end, Jennette is proud of her decision, despite the huge sum she turned down. She had the guts to stand her ground and not take the hush money. It’s a pretty wild story, don’t you think?