Dan Schneider apologizes for his behavior after ‘quiet on set’ documentary

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Dan Schneider, a children’s television producer and writer of many of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits, released a video Tuesday in which he apologized for some of his behavior on the job, including demanding massages on set. The video comes after the release of a documentary series in which former employees denounced him as a boss and objected to the sexual humor in his show.

The four-episode series, “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids’ TV” included interviews with several former employees of Schneider’s show and former child actors who criticized the way they were treated or the harmful environment on the set. told.

Schneider declined to grant interviews for the series, which first aired on Sundays and Mondays. But addressing the many complaints about the show and the behavior of the people who worked on it had the effect of pulling him out of relative obscurity. Schneider has rarely been in the public eye since parting ways with Nickelodeon in 2018, following an investigation by Nickelodeon parent company ViacomCBS that found that several people who worked with him considered him verbally abusive.

“The last two nights were very difficult to watch, I had to confront my past behaviors, some of which are shameful and I’m sorry, and I certainly apologize to some people,” Schneider said in the nearly 20-minute video posted. I deeply apologize.” His YouTube channel. His comments were moderated by an actor named Boosie!E, who appeared on one of Schneider’s shows, “iCarly.”

In the documentary series, Jenny Kilgen, former writer of “The Amanda Show”, which was Schneider’s early hit starring Amanda Bynes, said that Schneider would make inappropriate and sexual jokes in the writers’ room, including asking her if she Had you ever had phone sex? , and will ask him to massage her.

“He would sometimes say things like, ‘Can you please give me a massage? I’ll put a sketch of you on the show,” Kilgen said on the series. “And he would always treat it like a joke, you know, and he would be laughing when he said it, but you always felt like disagreeing with Dan or standing up for yourself could get you fired. “

A statement included in the documentary said that Schneider denied Kilgen’s claims.

The series, which was produced in collaboration with Business Insider reporter Kate Taylor, who previously reported on Schneider, said Kilgen sued the show’s production company, alleging gender discrimination, harassment and a hostile work environment. Eventually the case was settled.

In the apology video, Schneider called it “wrong” that she asked for a massage, saying, “I apologize to anyone who got put in that situation, and also, I apologize to the people who were in the video village or wherever. This happened while we were roaming around, because there were a lot of people there who saw it and maybe they too felt uncomfortable.

Schneider also apologized for making inappropriate jokes in the writers’ room: “The fact that I participated in that, especially when I was leading the room, embarrasses me. I shouldn’t have done that.”

In the documentary series, which was directed by Mary Robertson and Emma Schwartz, former employees also recalled Schneider being yelling at them at work – one former writer described him as “unstable” and that he “could flip out at any moment”. – and former child actors had objected to this. The extreme tasks they were asked to perform in “Fear Factor”-esque television segments, in which the actors were asked to perform stunts such as drinking sugar and lying covered in peanut butter while a dog licked their bodies. Had been.

Schneider expressed regret for both sets of complaints, saying, “Watching that show, there were times when I wanted to pick up the phone and call some of those people and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ ”

Through clips from past Nickelodeon shows, including “Zoey 101” and “iCarly”, the series aired objections to content on children’s television, which many viewed as barely veiled sexual innuendo and raised questions about whether they would ever How was it broadcast?

In an attempt to defend himself from allegations that parts of his show were inappropriate for minors, the former TV producer said that adults are now looking at jokes written for children “through their lens”, but added that he Its parts will be ready for cutting. Shows that were going to upset people.

He said, “If there’s something on a show that needs to be cut because it’s upsetting someone, let’s cut it.”

He pointed to “many, many levels of scrutiny” at the network over the content of his show, denying that he had unilateral power over the scripts.

Much of the viral documentary focused on three Nickelodeon employees who were convicted of child sex crimes, including former dialogue coach Brian Peck. On the show, Jared Drake Bell, one of the stars of Schneider’s show “Drake & Josh,” detailed the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Peck, who pleaded no contest in 2004 to two felonies: a oral copulation with a minor, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child.

Bell recalled in the series that Schneider had offered his support after the revelations about Peck, and in Schneider’s video, the former producer described Bell’s ordeal as “the darkest part of his career”.

“When I watched the show,” Schneider said of his experience watching the documentary, “I could see the hurt in some people’s eyes.”

Additional reporting by Shivani Gonzalez.

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