Nickelodeon Allowed “Sexualized” Victorious Scene With Daniella Monet At Dan Schneider’s Insistence
Former Nickelodeon stars are slamming prolific creator and producer Dan Schneider for allegedly forcing young actors into “sexualized” scenes.
In a new report for InitiatedVictorious actress Daniella Monet, 33, claimed a scene she was uncomfortable with was left in the final cut of an episode despite her objections to the network.
While Monet didn’t just blame Schneider, who was the creator, executive producer, and a writer of Victorious, she also blamed Nickelodeon for allowing sexualized scenes to appear on its live shows and for having a inappropriate behavior on set.
Speaking out: Several actresses, including Daniella Monet and Alexa Nikolas, have claimed they were abused and forced to film ‘sexualized’ scenes on Nickelodeon shows created, produced and written by Dan Schneider (pictured in 2015) in a new Insider talk
The actress described contacting the network after being forced to film a scene in which she applied lip gloss while eating a pickle, which she said was too sexual to air on a child-centric network .
But Nickelodeon executives apparently sided with Schneider and the creative team on Monet, and the scene was included in the episode.
She added that not only did the executives approve the scene, but her standards and practices division should have approved it as well.
She attributed some of the overly sexual content to the show’s predominantly male writers’ room.
Although she said that Victorious was generally a “very PC, funny, silly, friendly and relaxing” place, the sometimes overly sexual scene could pierce the cozy atmosphere.
“Do I wish certain things, like, didn’t have to be so sexualized?” she says. ‘Yeah. One hundred percent.
Cancelled: Monet (L) said she asked Nick to cut a scene in which she had to apply lip gloss while eating a pickle, which she found too sexual, but was allowed to broadcast against his objections; seen with (left to right) Jennette McCurdy, Miranda Cosgrove and Ariana Grande
Sexual associations: Alexa Nikolas recalled Schneider forcing Jamie Lynn Spears to film a scene where she repeatedly squirted in her face, until one take came close to a ‘c**shot’ – according to the words of her male co-star – who was the take that was chosen; seen in 2015
Insider’s exposé notes that “none of Schneider’s shows credited more than two female writers in their entire series”, while “Zoey 101 and Drake & Josh had none”.
He also references a scene that Jamie Lynn Spears filmed for her Zoey 101 series — which Schneider created, executive produced, co-wrote and even made a guest appearance — in which she had ‘to about the consistency of egg white’ splattered on his face.
Her co-star Alexa Nikolas recalled that Schneider was unhappy with the take and squirted a crew member multiple times in the face.
After Spears caught the goo on her forehead during a take, at which point it began to drip from her face into her mouth.
Nikolas recalls Schneider bursting out laughing at the sight, leading other crew members and even Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, to burst out laughing.
“It’s like a kick d’ac**,” she recalled one of her male partners, before noting that the most sexualized take was the one selected for the episode.
Inappropriate: “We’re talking about a minor,” Nikolas continued. “I think Jamie was 13, and they put stuff on his face to make him look a certain way”; Alexa pictured left on Zoey 101
“We are talking about a minor,” Nikolas continued. “I think Jamie was 13, and they’re squirting stuff on his face to make him look a certain way.”
Russel Hicks, the former president of content and production at Nickelodeon, disputed that anything inappropriate was allowed to air.
“Everything Dan has ever done on any of his shows has been thoroughly reviewed and approved,” he claimed, adding that the Standards and Practices Division has read all of Schneider’s show scripts and watched each episode.
Parents or caregivers of young actors were also on set during filming.
A source close to Schneider also defended the producer by saying that the “slime” projected onto Spears was green, “just like Nickelodeon’s famous slime”, and they claimed that “this episode was streamed and seen by millions of people and (to our knowledge) no viewers have ever had a problem.
Last week, Nikolas protested outside Nickelodeon’s headquarters in Burbank, California.
She said TMZ that she wants to ‘make Nick kid-safe’ because, in my personal experience, working on Zoey 101, [I] didn’t feel safe.
She said Variety: ‘It shouldn’t be a woman who should be the leader, it should be the industry itself. …Because a predator will come and go – there will always be a predator. But if they don’t have a safe haven, they can’t really perpetuate that abuse.
Skimpy: Other actresses would have been forced to wear revealing clothes, and Schneider would have fought for “what was most revealing” when they had to wear swimsuits
Elsewhere in the long piece, Monet (L) – who was 18 when she started filming for Victorious – said she was often forced to wear clothes on screen that were “not suitable for her age”.
Elsewhere in the long piece, Monet – who was 18 when she started filming for Victorious – said she was often forced to wear clothes on screen that were “not age appropriate”.
“I wouldn’t even wear part of it today as an adult,” she added.
A writer who worked for Schneider also claimed that whenever the actress was supposed to wear bathing suits, he insisted on being given “whatever was most revealing.”
Jennette McCurdy, who started on iCarly before reprising her role in spin-off Sam & Cat with costar Ariana Grande, avoids naming Schneider directly in her hit memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died, though she does reference to a character named only The Creator who was assumed to be Schneider.
She said she received an unwanted massage from The Creator, and she also accused the character of pushing her to drink alcohol when she was underage.
He reportedly enticed her to try some of his whiskey by claiming that he and the cast of Victorious would “get drunk all the time”.
So far, McCurdy hasn’t specified why she refers to the unnamed figure only as the Creator in her memoir.
Creepy: Jennette McCurdy (R) has not commented on the piece, but in her new memoir she describes an unnamed figure known as The Creator who urged her to drink alcohol when she was underage and gave him unwanted massages