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Sexy Selfies Being Blamed for the Cancellation of a Popular Nickelodeon Show

By Dustin Rowles | Think Pieces | April 2, 2014 | Comments ()


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Until 20 minutes ago, I’d never heard of the Nickelodeon show Sam and Cat, nor its star Jennette McCurdy, but now that I’ve gone to all the trouble of learning about them — and the supposed scandal surrounding the cancellation of the series — I feel compelled to report my findings. So, here they are in easy-to-read bullet point form:

1. Jennette McCurdy (above, on the left) is a 21-year-old actress, who is the star of Sam and Cat, which is a spin-off of her character from iCarly, about her and Ariana Grande, who was the star of another popular Nickelodeon show. The two formed their own show which involves roommates starting a babysitting service.

2. Last month, Jennette McCurdy apparently inadvertently posted a few sexy selfies of herself. They were apparently only meant for one person (a boyfriend who plays in the NBA), and that boyfriend has been blamed by some for leaking the photos after McCurdy said that he was a bad kisser. I’ve seen the photos. Either they’re fairly tame, or I’ve been completely desensitized to “sexy selfies” by Miley Cyrus. I doubt they’re worth getting worked up over.

3. This week, Nickelodeon cancelled McCurdy’s show. Or rather, they didn’t renew it, despite the massive popularity of it. Nickelodeon hasn’t really explained why, except to say that, “Hey! We just wrapped up a long and grueling production schedule,” which was necessitated by the fact that the show was so popular, and also doesn’t explain why the show was cancelled. (Actually, Nick says it’s not “cancelled,” it’s on a hiatus.)

4. Many on the Internet are suggesting that it had to do with the selfies. That seems kind of misguided. Nickelodeon is a network in the business of making money, and my guess is that these selfies didn’t in any way hurt their bottom line (and may have, in fact, improved it). I doubt that any kind of morality played into the decision.

5. Recently, there have been reports of alleged friction between McCurdy and her co-star, Grande, who apparently do not get along well. In fact, McCurdy refused to go to a Kid’s Awards Show ceremony — where she lost out to Grande — because of REASONS.

6. Those reasons are unclear. According to McCurdy, “I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing. No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first. It has to do with how Nickelodeon treated me, that’s all.”

7. If any conclusions should be drawn about the “cancellation” of Sam & Cat based on the above evidence, it’s not the sexy selfies but, in fact, financial reasons. She probably wanted more money to make another 40 episodes, and I bet that Nickelodeon doesn’t want to pay more money, because they don’t have to, because they probably have a roster of stars they can plug into her place. After all, the show was initially formed by mashing together stars from two previous hit shows to form a new one.

As always, it’s usually better to follow the money trail, rather than the trail of clothing left behind by a television star who wanted to get randy for her boyfriend.


Update: Confirmed. It is about the money.

Source: Jezebel and NYDaily News



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  • Lauren_Lauren

    Well, I had no idea that half-straight, half-curly hair was a thing. What do you even call that style? Bi-textural?

  • googergieger

    This is exactly like the time Nickelodeon cancelled Doug because of the leaked sex tape of Patty Mayonaise and Quail Man.

  • HelloLongBeach

    Didn't this site feature a funny or die clip of McCurdy being "dirty"? I thought that was a dig at Grande. I'm also pretty sure that Grande wants out of the show and getting McCurdy to quit might just be the tidiest way to do it.

  • John W

    I like turtles.

  • TacoBellRey

    There was an interview with Mariah Carey and the reporter asked her what she thought of Ariana Grande being "the young Mariah Carey." Mariah's amazing response was "First of all, I'm still young." Typical Mariah.

  • amberdragonfly

    Jeanette McCurdy already has a successful music career. We (my five year old daughter and I, thanks to my sister, who is a bitch) actually saw her on tour. It wasn't a HUGE venue....okay, fine, it was the mall food court, but whatever. It was even more packed then when they had a sale on pretzel bites that one time. My daughter is eight now and still remembers standing on that table that people eat off of so she could see better. She sang two and half, maybe three songs, and I'm sure they were good. Enough. Yeah, I'm done...

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    I call bullshit on your first sentence! Yes! I win everything!

    http://www.pajiba.com/videos/n...

  • Kenny G.

    God...and I remember when Nickelodeon only played music videos.

  • Oh man me to.... waaaiiit.

  • NateMan

    I'm having total deja vu here. Did a similar article get posted here a couple months back about a Nickelodeon show in similar straits? Or do I have a clot working its way through my brain?

  • I also wonder if that because Grande's career has a little more steam at the moment, that the show's producers were trying to push McCurdy into more of a sidekick role, which would be a step backward for McCurdy.

  • Naye

    And I don't blame McCurdy. She was the best part of the massively successful iCarly. Grande kind of seemed to come out of nowhere.

    And i'm sorry that I know this.

  • The article sent me down the wiki hole to do some tween show investigation of my own. It appears that Grande and the star of her previous show had some Twitter beef about how that show ended. It seems like Grande is the common thread here.

  • kushiro -

    If you haven't seen this show, you should take a few minutes and check it out. See if you can stand listening to the "hilarious" and "quirky" voice of the Cat character for more than a minute or so without wanting to shove sharpened pencils into your ears.

    It's sort of like the cinnamon test, but for your sanity.

  • Wigamer

    That's not her real voice, obviously, but ohmysweetgod it is horrible. Like, giant adenoids or swollen tonsils or something mixed with a Marilyn Monroe attempt at ditziness. It makes me twitchy.

  • sherryb23

    YES! I was coming to post just this. Oddly (or fortunately), I was just exposed to this show this past weekend, flipping through channels to find a watchable show for a sick 8-year-old. The first time she spoke, I said, "What in god's name was that?" I thought maybe the character was putting on an act. She was not. Needless to say, I deemed it as unwatchable lest the sharpened pencils come into play. (Also, was it just me in those few but long seconds, but does the blonde sound/look like a gravel-voiced truck driver?)

  • janeite1900

    Sherryb23, we were separated at birth! I, too, passed the show as my kids were watching it. I thought the character was posing exaggeratedly by speaking in that voice. Then, it continued. I asked the kids what was wrong with her, and they confirmed that the character always speaks that way. Cannot imagine the attraction.

  • sherryb23

    It's hard to describe just what it sounds like...mixed baby-ish and squirrely and stupid?

  • mswas

    Emphasis on the stupid.

  • Pawesl

    Ariana Grande is actually an amazing singer. She sounds just like Mariah Carey in her 90s heyday. I wouldnt say she wanted more money than McCurdy (they were likely paid the exact same). It was probably a combination of the bad publicity she brought (while the selfies are tame for us her audience are a bunch of 6-13 year old kids). Ariana probably also wanted to focus on her music. They both probably wanted out and made it as difficult as possible for Nick who just said screw it and axed it.

  • Dove of Doom

    Sexy selfies, what have you done?
    You made a fool of everyone
    You made a fool of everyone
    Sexy selfies, oh, what have you done?

    Sexy selfies, you broke the rules
    You laid it down for all to see
    You laid it down for all to see
    Sexy selfies, oh, you broke the rules

  • cruzzercruz

    As a mid-twenties male, I know more about these two than I should. I blame hangover days with a group of friends and an out of reach tv remote.

  • Guest

    off topic: I don't know anything about Ariana Grande, but that one side of her face is in photos everywhere. Those facial expressions and poses are torture.

  • L.O.V.E.

    My guess is that her co-star is on her way to launching a solo singing career, is (or thinks she is) the reason for the ratings, wants to make more than McCurdy, etc. I won't upload her more risque pictures as she too seems to be attempting to shed the Nick/Disney image (I'll stick with the singing pictures rather than the lingerie pics), but she is not unattractive.

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