After being put on a “permanent hiatus” in April following some behind-the-scene drama, Nickelodeon’s series Sam & Cat has been being officially cancelled.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” the network said in a statement. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
In early April, rumors started that “Sam & Cat” was going on “hiatus” even though there were still several episodes of Season 1 left to film.
Rumors were that McCurdy-Grande had a feud and tension on set.
Behind the scenes, rumors of salary issues started to blow-up, with Jennette McCurdy supposedly claiming she was not making as much as her costar Ariana Grande. Those rumors intensified when McCurdy failed to appear at the Kids’ Choice Awards in March, where “Sam & Cat” took home the award for Best TV Comedy and Grande won for Best TV Comedy Actress.
“I wish I could explain everything as thoroughly as I would like to, but unfortunately a simpler explanation is all I can write,” McCurdy tweeted following the awards show. “I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me.”
Despite all those rumors, Grande confirmed she was receiving an equal pay to McCurdy’s.
“Jennette and I agreed upfront that we would be treated equally on this show in all regards (as we should be, considering we each work just as hard as the other on this show),” Grande, 20, wrote via Twitter in April. “The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false. I don’t know who’s putting these idiotic quotes out there but I thought I’d straighten it out and try to end this nonsense.”
Nonetheless, McCurdy has been going through a difficult time in her personal life for the past six months and recently had to deal with the leak of racy photos, while Grande’s music career has taken off big time.
Both are entering adulthood, and word is both were feeling constrained at kids-focused Nickelodeon and are ready to move on.
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