Jennette McCurdy, former “iCarly” (2007-2012) star, released her memoir titled “I’m Glad My Mom Died” earlier this year, where she finally speaks out about the abuse she faced both within her own family and within Nickelodeon.
Now, another former Nickelodeon star, “Zoey 101” (2005-2008) actress Alexa Nikolas, is speaking out against the show’s creator, Dan Schneider, 56, claiming he “had to sit in” on her wardrobe fittings.
Alexa Nikolas Speaks Out On Dan Schneider
Following McCurdy’s book, others have come forward, speaking out against the company — including actress Alexa Nicholas, best known for appearing on Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101”, as shared that “she didn’t feel safe” during her stint on the series earlier this year. Nikolas also claimed that Schneider had a framed photo of Jamie Lynn Spears with “goo” on her face, which she described as a “pornographic money shot.”
Now, in a more recent interview, Nikolas expanded on her time with Nickelodeon, speaking specifically about the show’s creator, Dan Schneider, 56, who was also the creator of various shows for the network including “Victorious” and “iCarly.”
“Whenever I had wardrobe fittings, [Schneider] always had to be in them,” Nikolas said during an interview with Victoria Garrick on the Real Pod podcast. “Thank God there was a curtain, but he was literally on a chair right outside of the curtain. I had to wear very short skirts. Something that [in] the interviews that I’ve done that I haven’t mentioned yet was that I had to wear biker shorts under my skirts, and they had to cut the biker shorts because the skirts were too short. … I was constantly having to roll down these biker shorts.”
Nikolas went on to say that she learned Schneider would ask the wardrobe artist if he could “have the Polaroids.”
Other Stars Speak Out Against Nickelodeon
Per Variety, Daniella Monet who portrayed Trina Vegas on Nickelodeon‘s “Victorious,” told Insider that Dan Schneider, often ignored Nickelodeon’s standards department:
Schneider was known to push the boundaries of children’s TV, often “thumbing his nose” at Nickelodeon’s standards department and ramping up the series’ sexual innuendos, including scenes in which goo was squirted on young actresses’ faces. When it came to picking costumes, Schneider “signed off on all outfits” and “campaign[ed] for the skimpier options,” the report states.
Monet went on to explain that some of her outfits on the Nickelodeon show were “not age appropriate” and that she “wouldn’t even wear some of that today as an adult”:
“Do I wish certain things, like, didn’t have to be so sexualized? Yeah, 100 percent,” she said, recalling a time when she contacted Nickelodeon about her character eating a pickle while putting on lip gloss. The Follow Your Heart star claimed she voiced concerns that the moment was too sexual to air, but was ignored by the network.
And when promoting her new book, McCurdy told the New York Times, “There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did—they knew exactly what they were doing.”