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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.   "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." 'ICARLY' STAR JENNETTE MCCURDY RECALLS PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL ABUSE FROM MOTHER DURING CHILDHOOD At the age of 16, McCurdy was entering her third year on the hit teen sitcom "iCarly," when she made millions of young viewers laugh by playing the comedic character, Sam Puckett.

Jennette McCurdy says she was "exploited" while she was a child actor on Nickelodeon’s "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat."  (Getty Images) The former actress gets candid in her new memoir, "I’m Glad My Mom Died," where she details her toxic relationship with her mother and her tumultuous time on Nickelodeon.

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." She 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.

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