The Dan Schneider ControversyExplained


For years, prolific producer Dan Schneider oversaw numerous hit shows on Nickelodeon, including "All That," "Drake & Josh," and "iCarly.” At the height of his fame, Schneider was likened to TV titan Norman Lear, a comparison that indicates just how respected he was at one point in time.

In March 2018, Schneider's time at Nickelodeon suddenly ended amid allegations of inappropriate behavior. The allegations consisted of his temper disrupting work, complaints of abusive behavior filed by his staff, and — most concerning — his questionable treatment of the young stars who appeared on his shows.

Arthur Gradstein, a collaborator of Schneider’s, stated he had, " a willful disregard for boundaries or workplace appropriateness.” Other former co-workers were distressed when Schneider tweeted pictures of his young female stars’ toes.

Since his departure from Nickelodeon, Schneider told The New York Times he was ready to return to work. The NYT found no evidence of sexual misconduct by Schneider, nor did a ViacomCBS investigation, but his future in television is still uncertain in the wake of these allegations.