Previous Nickelodeon Showrunner Dan Schneider has finally addressed his departure from the network, just as Paramount Plus has released a reboot of his previous show. icarly.
For 20 years, Schneider ran children’s shows that continue to inform the zeitgeist of millennial pop culture and Gen-Z: Everything that, The Amanda Show, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, Victorious and the aforementioned icarly. After his departure from Nickelodeon in 2018, Schneider retired from the public eye and the television industry until June 30, when he gave his first big interview to the New York Times.
In the article, Schneider is questioned point-blank about online video compilations and TV show screenshots that people have used as evidence to question the appropriateness of his behavior with child actors, particularly when it came to showing his feet.
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“Ridiculous,” he told the Times, explaining that kids just find feet funny and that he didn’t mean to sexualize young actors. A review of Schneider by Nickelodeon’s parent company ViacomCBS confirmed that there was never any sexual misconduct.
“The comedy was totally innocent,” Schneider told the Times.
However the Times notes that the ViacomCBS investigation did find a pattern of verbal abuse. Schneider declined to comment on the investigation, but said that if they considered it “difficult” it is because it has “high standards.”
According to the Times, interviews with dozens of employees described Schneider as “a controlling and difficult showrunner, prone to tantrums and angry emails, a man with a touchy ego that made some staff members feel like they were always walking on eggshells.” Times Read the article. “Several said they felt uncomfortable when he frequently asked an employee in the costume department to massage their shoulder and neck, or texted child actors after hours.”
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Other allegations detailed in the article include his workaholic nature, his expectation that associates work 16 to 20 hours a day, and three former colleagues testify that staff members push Schneider in a wheelchair so he can work moving around. room to room. Representatives for Nickelodeon and Schneider did not immediately respond to VarietyRequest for additional comments.
“I never interacted with the actors in any way, texting or otherwise, that should make someone uncomfortable,” Schneider told the Times.
“Over the years, I have grown and matured as a producer and leader,” he added later. “I am sure that today I communicate better and more smoothly.”
As Schneider progresses beyond his years at Nickelodeon, he told the Times he’s working on new shows, including a pilot he wrote and sold to another network.
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