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‘iCarly’ star Jennette McCurdy rips Nickelodeon: My childhood was ‘exploited’


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Jennette McCurdy is opening up about her childhood trauma.

McCurdy revealed she was “exploited” when she was a child actor on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat.”

She says her overbearing mother and the television industry were both to blame, as they “failed to protect her,” according to the New York Times.

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“My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited,” McCurdy said. “…There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing.”

At the age of 16, McCurdy was entering her third year on the hit teen sitcom “iCarly,” where she made millions of young viewers laugh by playing the comedic character Sam Puckett.

The former actress gets candid in her new memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” in which she details her toxic relationship with her mother and her tumultuous time on Nickelodeon.

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According to the New York Times, McCurdy, 30, wrote in her memoir about embarrassing moments on the children’s television network when she was asked to be “photographed in a bikini during a wardrobe fitting and being encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure she simply calls the Creator.”

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McCurdy pointed out that when her mother was present, she never interjected or instructed her daughter that this “was the price of showbiz success.”

“Everyone wants what you have,” she allegedly told her daughter.

In McCurdy’s memoir, which will be published on Aug. 9, she recounted auditioning for acting roles at the age of 6 and being “shepherded” into the work by her controlling mother. She also noted that she suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and anxiety. McCurdy believed she owed her loyalty to her mother, who controlled every aspect of her life…. (Read more)

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