Star of Canceled Nickelodeon Show Talks About Bailing Out After Fracas Over ‘Sultry Photo’ THR
One of the stars of a recently canceled Nickelodeon show says she’s “not apologizing” for needing to move on with her life. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Jennette McCurdy, who stars alongside Ariana Grande on the canceled show “Sam & Cat,” defended her actions in a piece she posted on Reddit.
McCurdy’s comments came after co-star Grande issued “thoughts of gratitude to the cast (without mentioning McCurdy directly), crew and fans, and her explanation for how she looked up to her onscreen character as a role model,” the story notes.
The show was canceled after it was put on a production hiatus in April, with McCurdy reportedly having salary issues. She also failed to show up at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, where the show won the TV comedy prize, the piece notes.
In her Reddit statement, McCurdy wrote, “I am not a role model. I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be.”
Asked by a Reddit user whether she would appear on Nickelodeon again, she wrote, “I left Nickelodeon recently because I needed to move forward with my life.”
She added, “I’m not apologizing. Don’t need to.”
The THR report notes: “And while Reddit users bashed her for sharing the defensive reflection after racy photos of the actress leaked on the web in March, as well as recent selfies posted to her Instagram account, she said, ‘I post to social media when I want to and how I want to and I would whether I was in the entertainment industry or not. I don’t believe people should attack me because their image of me is destroyed after I post a harmless, sultry photo. I don’t believe an actor/actress should lose the rights to be themselves in an attempt to cater to the image that was created by a character they played. that’s all.’”
McCurdy reportedly also wrote: “nothing about an adult woman taking a sultry picture and being proud of a body she worked hard for should equal ‘Miley Cyrus,’ imo. I’m not riding giant inflatable dicks. (And if she wants to, so be it!) … Moreover, I’m literally wearing more than most bathing suits nowadays in any ‘nekkid and provocative’ picture that has been seen of me.”
Jennette McCurdy selfie posted on Instagram