Last October, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal I reported on the disturbing story brewing over at the popular kids network Nickelodeon.
Producer Dan Schneider has been responsible for some of Nick’s biggest hits over the last 20 years, including iCarly, Kenan & Kel and Victorious. You may also recognize him as the fat nerd from the 80s sitcom Head of the class.
Schneider was their superproducer, but rumors of his perversions have floated around for years. All of the accusations can be found in this post but to recap, Schneider has alleged “fondness” for the underage girls he casts in his shows. He also has a strange foot fetish that has crept into his storylines involving young girls and there have been many rumors that he may have even fathered the baby of Jamie Lynn Spears, who was a Nickelodeon star until she was forced to quit her show because of her teenage pregnancy.
After Harvey Weinstein revealed the dark underbelly of Hollywood perversion, the heat was turned way up on what other perverted things might be going on behind the scenes. “An Open Secret” – released in 2015 – shot up from hundreds of views to millions of views as curious fans flocked to see their expose of Hollywood pedophilia.
How has this all stayed so quiet for so long?
Well, it looks like Dan Schneider has finally met his end as Nickelodeon superproducer. On Monday the network announced they were finally parting ways with Schneider.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.
“Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious, Kenan & Kel and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger, the network continued. “We thank Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. And Dan and Schneider’s Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network.”
The statement was unsurprisingly cordial but as we’ve come to learn, Hollywood always has more to the story.
BREAKING: Nickelodeon officially parts ways with Dan Schneider. DHD reports "multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff" "Under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars." "Well documented temper issues for years."
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 26, 2018
Deadline confirms Schneider has been “under a cloud of suspicion” for many, many years.
But along with all his success, for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows. Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider’s shows.
Schneider has had well documented temper issues for years. I hear there was a flareup last week when Schneider — along with the show’s cast and crew — was informed that Game Shakers, was not getting renewed for a fourth season and that Austin & Ally creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert’s new Nick series, Cousins for Life, would move into its production space in the Nickelodeon-owned Burbank studios where Schneider’s series had been based exclusively for the past few years.
It is clear that Hollywood has a pedophilia problem, something the #MeToo movement has conveniently ignored. Was Schneider no longer able to run from the evidence? Was Nickelodeon just waiting until his contract was up to cut ties or do they know something? Is there even more we haven’t heard?
Given the recent history of Tinseltown it seems likely. But for now, there are probably many people breathing a sigh a of relief that they don’t have to go to work with Dan Schneider tomorrow.