‘iCarly’ Creator Dan Schneider Denies Misconduct Allegations Against Him
Dan Schneider is addressing accusations of misconduct that were lodged against him by several people in 2018. Schneider became one of the most successful figures in children’s TV for creating live-action sitcoms for Nickelodeon, including All That, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly and Victorious. Schneider was fired by Nickelodeon after several people accused him of misconduct. Schneider’s remaining shows were soon canceled while his studio Schneider’s Bakery also parted ways with Nickelodeon.
Schneider gained a reputation for his short temper and difficult nature behind the scenes. A number of former employees have sided with Schneider’s accusers, pointing to his infamous posting photos of young actresses’ feet on social media as well as the fact that he has filmed several episodes from his shows in which the actors’ bare feet were constantly shown up close on camera.
After avoiding addressing his situation to the public, Schneider denied the allegations against him in a new interview. Schneider called the charges ridiculous and said that social media can amplify lies. The producer said that his comedy was always innocent and he never interacted with anyone in an inappropriate way. “I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors,” Schneider told the New York Times. “I never interacted with actors in any way, texting or otherwise, that should make anyone uncomfortable.”
Schneider has claimed that he is improving himself as a filmmaker and person in general since he parted ways with Nickelodeon. “Over the years, I’ve grown and matured as a producer and leader,” he said. “I’m sure I’m better and more gentle at communicating today.”