Another Nickelodeon star protested her ‘traumatic experience’ at the network

On the heels of jennette mccurdyhit memoir, I’m glad my mother died, in which she alleges Nickelodeon offered her $300,000 in silent money to keep quiet about her experiences working at Nickelodeon as the star of both iCarly and Sam and Cat, another former Nick actor is speaking out against the kids’ network.

Alexa Nikolas, who starred as Nicole Bristow in two seasons of the Dan Schneider-established Zoe 101, protested Nickelodeon outside the network’s Burbank headquarters on Thursday. Holding a sign reading “Nickelodeon didn’t protect me”, she and twenty demonstrators objected to alleged misconduct on the part of Nick and some of the network’s top officials, including Schneider. (vanity lounge contacted representatives of Nickelodeon and Schneider for comment.)

Nikolas, who heads the organization Eat Predators, which defends victims of sexual abuse, organized the protest which was livestreamed on Instagram. “I want to make Nick safe for children, because from my personal experience working on Zoe 101, I didn’t feel safe,” she said. TMZ at the demonstration. “I didn’t feel like Nickelodeon was protecting me or had my best interests in mind. So after hearing so many different stories from different Nick stars, I feel like enough is enough.

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During the protest, Nikolas took issue with the fact that Nickelodeon has yet to comment on the misconduct allegations. She also railed against nondisclosure agreements like the one allegedly offered to McCurdy, and Nikolas called Schneider a “creator of childhood trauma.” (McCurdy does not name Schneider in her book, she only refers to an executive she calls “The Creator.”) Schneider, who has also created or produced popular shows for the network, including All that, Amanda’s show, Drake and Josh, and Victorious, was the subject of a June 2021 New York Times piece, which chronicled his release from Nickelodeon in 2018.

According to Time, Schneider left the network with $7 million remaining on his contract. At the time, he and Nickelodeon released a joint statement saying he would be pursuing “other opportunities and projects.” Instead, Schneider largely withdrew from the industry. Before the announcement, the Time wrote, Nickelodeon’s parent company, ViacomCBS, had investigated Schneider. A survey of dozens of employees reportedly found no evidence of sexual misconduct by Schneider, but many “considered him verbally abusive.”

Schneider declined to comment on the investigation. Time, but insisted his departure was self-imposed. “I took a break to deal with a lot of things that I had given up on for decades,” Schneider said, noting her weight loss of over 100 pounds. “Whatever I do next, I want it to surpass what I’ve done in the past.”

While several former colleagues told the Time they “felt uncomfortable when he frequently asked a costume department employee for shoulder and neck massages, or texted child actors outside of working hours”, Schneider denied any act objectionable. “I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty of so many reputable people if I abused my actors of all ages, especially minors,” he said.

McCurdy’s best-selling memoir received public support from other former Nickelodeon stars, including Miranda Cosgrove, Josh Peck, and Victoria Justice. As Nikolas said at Thursday’s protest, “I absolutely don’t want to hear another story from a Nick star having a traumatic experience, that’s for sure.”