Dan Schneider apologizes for Nickelodeon’s ‘tragic’ behavior

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By journalsofus.com

  • By Bernd Debusmann Jr.
  • BBC News, Washington

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Dan Schneider starred in popular shows including iCarly, All That, and The Amanda Show

Former Nickelodeon producer and writer Dan Schneider has apologized for his “shameful” behavior on the set of the children’s channel.

A new documentary released earlier this week alleged years of abuse and inappropriate behavior on shows including iCarly and Drake & Josh.

Mr. Schneider left Nickelodeon in 2018 after an investigation found that he was verbally abusive toward staff members.

He has now said he owes “a strong apology to some people”.

The four-part docuseries, Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids’ TV, includes multiple allegations against Mr. Schneider of making inappropriate and sexual jokes on set.

For example, former Amanda Show writer Jenny Kilgen alleged that Mr. Schneider asked for massages in exchange for putting her sketches on the show.

Kilgen said, “He always treated it like a joke… He kept laughing while saying it.” “But it always felt like disagreeing with Dan or standing up for yourself could get you fired.”

“I certainly owe some people a very strong apology,” he said.

Mr. Schneider also specifically apologized for inappropriate jokes made in the writers’ room, saying it was “wrong.”

“I apologize to anyone who was put in that situation, and also, I apologize to those people who saw the video circulating around the village or wherever it happened, because there were a lot of people who saw it. , who may have also felt uncomfortable.”

In the documentary, actor Drake Bell alleged that he was the victim of sexual abuse by former dialogue coach Brian Peck, with whom Mr. Schneider worked closely on All That and The Amanda Show.

In 2004, Peck was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading no contest to two charges of child abuse.

In his apology, Mr. Schneider said that the episode involving Peck and Mr. Bell was the “darkest part” of his career.

Of the documentary he said, “When I watched the show… I could see the pain in some people’s eyes.”

Nickelodeon has not yet responded to Mr. Schneider’s apology.

However, in a previous statement about the documentary, the network said it “cannot confirm or deny allegations of behavior from productions dating back decades” but investigates all formal complaints “as a matter of policy.”

“Our highest priorities are the well-being and best interests of not only our staff, cast and crew, but all children,” the statement said.

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