Ariana Grande responds to Nickelodeon ‘Quiet On Set’ abuse reports: “It’s devastating”

Ariana Grande has said it has been “devastating” to learn about the abuse stories that were uncovered by the Nickelodeon Quiet On Set documentary.

The five-episode Discovery docuseries aired in March, detailing behind-the-scenes scandals at the children’s television channel, with particular focus on Dan Schneider’s tenure as producer and showrunner on shows including All That, The Amanda Show and Zoey 101. Schneider has since filed a lawsuit against the show’s producers.

Another show that Schneider created and produced was Victorious, in which Grande starred for four seasons between 2010 and 2013.

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Ariana Grande. CREDIT: Gregg DeGuire/WWD via Getty

In an interview on the Podcrushed podcast, the singer has described the documentary’s revelations as “devastating”, and has argued that therapists should be “mandatory” on all children’s television show sets.

“I think the environment needs to be made safer if kids are going to be acting, and I think there should be therapists,” she said. “I think parents should be allowed to be wherever they want to be, and I think not only on kids’ sets.”

“If anyone wants to do this, or music, or anything at this level of exposure, there should be in the contract something about therapy is mandatory twice a week or thrice a week, or something like that.”


Speaking specifically about her Victorious experience, and on its spinoff Sam & Cat, she said she is “reprocessing” her relationship with the shows and that she is “upset” with some of the content on them.

“We were young performers who just wanted to do this with our lives more than anything, and we got to and that was so beautiful,” she added. “I think we had some very special memories, and we feel so privileged to have been able to create those roles and be a part of something that was so special for a lot of young kids.”

“[But] a lot of people don’t have the support that they need to get through being a performer at that level at such a young age…the environment just needs to be made a lot safer all around and like I said I’m still in real time reprocessing my relationship to it.”

Last week, Grande premiered the video for her new song ‘The Boy Is Mine’, featuring Yous Penn Badgley. In an inversion of his role in the hit Netflix thriller, in which he plays a stalker, Badgley ends up being the one who’s stalked in the new visuals.


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The song is taken from Grande’s recent seventh studio LP, ‘Eternal Sunshine’. In a four-star review of the album, NME shared: “It’s the most sophisticated project yet from a preternaturally talented vocalist who keeps getting better. Whatever you take away from it, ‘Eternal Sunshine’ definitely isn’t an album you’ll want to wipe from memory.”

In other news, the mother of a Manchester Arena bombing victim has said she felt “misled” by Rishi Sunak over plans for stronger protections against terrorism in public places.

Figen Murray is making the push for the change in UK law following the death of her son Martyn Hett in 2017. He was one of 22 people who tragically lost their lives after an explosion happened at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Her campaign is for Martyn’s Law, and would require venues and local authorities across the country to have training requirements and preventative plans against terror attacks. She met with the Prime Minister just hours before he called a general election on Tuesday (May 22) for July 4 after she completed a 200-mile walk to Downing Street to discuss the law.

Following the meeting with the PM, Ms Murray said he had promised her he would introduce Martyn’s Law to Parliament before summer recess but could not guarantee the legislation would be passed before the next election.