The combined spin-off of Victorious and iCarly, Sam & Cat, with “Sam Puckett” and “Cat Valentine”, is over after only one season. Nickelodeon put Sam & Cat on “permanent hiatus” back in April… and now it’s been cancelled altogether.
The show was originally picked up for 20 episodes beginning June 2013. The ratings were such that another 20 episodes were ordered almost immediately. It looked set to get a second season. However, due to production issues, only 36 episodes were made.
According to reports, Jennette McCurdy was holding up production by demanding a bigger salary. She even skipped the Kids Choice Awards (where Sam & Cat won favourite TV Show) because she felt she was being treated “unfairly” by producers. She wrote:
A lot of you guys are asking why I didn’t attend the KCAs…. I wish I could explain everything as thoroughly as I would like to, but unfortunately a simpler explanation is all I can write. I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing. I want to thank those of you who have reached out with kind words of support, McCurdians and Arianators alike. No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first. If you have done that, thank you.
Jenette also denied that she skipped the red carpet due to embarrassment that explicit photos leaked. “It has to do with how nickelodeon treated me. That’s all,” Jenette wrote, adding, “Thanks for the love. ♥”
Specifically, Jenette allegedly believed Problem singer and co-star Ariana Grande was earning more money for the same work. Which Ariana denied on Twitter with the following message:
“I hate addressing rumors and I hate gossip but this is really bothering me. Jennette and I agreed upfront that we would be treated equally on this show in all regards (as we should be, considering we each work just as hard as the other on this show). The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false. I don’t know who’s putting these idiotic quotes out there but I thought I’d straighten it out and try to end this nonsense. As far as the show goes, I don’t know what’s happening because I’m not directly involved with the problem but I just wanted to address this one rumor in particular because I am NOT making more money than my costar, nor do I think I should be. So we can all move on and get out of our heads that this was a money thing cause I don’t play like that at all. I am, have always been and always will be about equality and fairness.”
Ariana added, in a message to fans, “love you and don’t want you being in the dark about work related things like this.. thank you for caring and supporting through and through.”
Nickelodeon has confirmed the show’s status in a statement.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” said the network, adding, “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”