Jennette McCurdy Recalls What She “broke” While Working With Ariana Grande

Jennette McCurdy didn’t hold back as she recalled the moment that “broke her” while working with Ariana Grande on Sam & Cat.

In her upcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, out Tuesday next week, the 30-year-old retired actress revealed she immediately noticed how differently Nickelodeon treated her compared to Grande, 29.

The two starred together in the short-lived series from 2013-2014. McCurdy reprized her famous “iCarly” role as Sam Puckett for the show, while Grande portrayed her Cat Valentine character from “Victorious.”

In an excerpt from the book made available to The New York Times, McCurdy claimed that the network prevented her from exploring other career options outside of Sam & Cat. On the other hand, while working on the series, Grande had some extracurricular work.

“What finally blew me away was when Ariana came whistling in with excitement because she had spent the night before playing charades at Tom Hanks’ house. That was the moment I broke,” she wrote in her book.

For years there have been rumors of an on-set feud between the show’s two leads, which led to its cancellation after one season. McCurdy, however, ended the speculation when she did an interview with E! News in 2015.

“I just feel like Ariana and I were and still are very close and very like minded people in a lot of different ways, and then when the show broke up, everyone wanted to find some kind of hidden meaning in our relationship,” McCurdy said.

“Some like drama, and I think we used to fight at times, but in a very sisterly way. She knows me so well and I know her so well that I find it unfortunate that things were somehow misconstrued,” she added.

In her memoir, McCurdy shared that she turned down a $300,000 offer from the network because they asked her never to speak publicly about her experiences while working at Nickelodeon.

After Sam & Cat was cancelled, McCurdy starred in the Netflix sci-fi series Between. But after that, she finally decided to retire from the showbiz industry and announced her retirement from acting.

McCurdy made headlines last week promoting her quirky memoir. She uploaded a video to her Instagram showing an awkwardly funny banter between her and the cameraman as she tried to promote her book.

“Hi! This is my book I’m Glad My Mom Died. It’s out August 9th and is available to pre-order now. Link is in my bio. …I really like it. It’s funny, it’s sad … I hope it’s meaningful,” she said in the clip.

When the cameraman asked her if she wanted to be serious for the video and not do anything funny, McCurdy insisted that her memoir was already humorous, so there was no need to overdo it for the camera.

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Pictured: Jennette McCurdy arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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