Jennette McCurdy explains why she didn't take $300,000 "hush money" from Nickelodeon

12 August 2022, 16:33 | Updated: 22 March 2024, 15:19

Jennette McCurdy opens up about new memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died

By Katie Louise Smith

"I think I did something that was really hard to do. Oh my god, it makes me emotional. I'm proud of myself."

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In the wake of the recent allegations brought forward in the Quiet On Set docuseries, Jennette McCurdy's past comments about her experiences working at Nickelodeon with "The Creator" – believed to be Dan Schneider – have resurfaced.

In Jennette McCurdy's 2022 memoir, I'm Glad My Mom Died, the former Nickelodeon star opens up about pretty much everything.

As well as her relationship with her mother and the abuse she went through as a child and teenager, she also discusses how she was "exploited" at Nickelodeon in detail; from the way creator Dan Schneider treated her while filming kissing scenes, to the reason why she was "jealous" of Ariana Grande while they worked together on Sam & Cat.

Jennette also claims that Nickelodeon allegedly offered her $300,000 in order for her to keep quiet about her negative experiences at the network.

Jennette later explained why she's "proud" of herself for not accepting the money in exchange for her silence.

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Jennette McCurdy explains why she turned down $300,000 "hush money"
Jennette McCurdy explains why she turned down $300,000 "hush money". Picture: Nightline via ABC via YouTube, Nickelodeon via NickRewind

Speaking on NightLine, Jennette opened up about the alleged offer and explained why she declined to accept it.

"I just said, 'No, that's not happening. That sounds like hush money to me. Not doing it. Not taking it.'" Jennette said. "And then I do remember leaning against my bed and I'm like, 'well shoot, that could have put my nieces through college! Like, that was some good money!"

Jennette continued: "I am ultimately proud of my decision there. Wherever it came from, even if it was informed by self-righteousness. I think I did something that was really hard to do. Oh my god, it makes me emotional. I'm proud of myself."

Then, when asked why she was proud of herself for making that decision, a tearful Jennette explains: "I think I've chosen a path of integrity. And it hasn't always been easy."

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Jennette McCurdy shares the stories behind memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died”

In regards to Jennette's allegations and stories from her memoir, Nickelodeon responded with a statement to ABC at the time, saying: "We have no reportable response other than a no comment at this time."

After the release of her book, fans and famous friends alike have rallied around and supported Jennette for sharing her brave and honest story. Jennette's friend and former iCarly co-star Miranda Cosgrove also reacted to her story, saying: "When you’re young, you’re so in your own head, you can’t imagine that people around you are having much harder struggles. You don’t expect things like that from the person in the room who’s making everyone laugh."

Jennette has not responded to any of the recent allegations in the Quiet On Set docuseries. Dan Schneider's representatives have issued a statement in which he denies many of the claims and allegations.

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