2018-03-27 15:47:56 UTC
At first, it seems like a pretty mundane story, of interest only to those
specialized few who follow the business of childrens television: Yesterday
Nickelodeon announced that it was parting ways with Dan Schneider, one of its
most prominent creators who had been working with the network for 25 years.
Since several [Schneiders production company] Schneiders Bakery projects are
wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and
Schneiders Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects, the network said
in an official statement.
But, as Deadline notes in its original report on Schneiders ouster from the
network, there may be another element to this story that, thus far, remains in
the realm of rumor. Among other things, I hear there had been multiple
complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff,
reporter Nellie Andreeva says in her Deadline story. Its not clear if the
alleged complaints are linked to, as Andreeva puts it, Schneiders
well-documented tendency to lose his temper on set, or to what she calls
suspicion surrounding treatment of some of the younger stars on his shows.
No allegations against Schneider have ever been made public, but the suspicion
Andreeva refers to is currently being fueled by social media posts that
resurfaced in the wake of Nickelodeons announcement yesterday. Schneider has
posted pictures of his young stars feet on social media many times, and has
used show accounts to ask young fans to send in pictures of their feet: