Ariana Grande Speaks on Sam & Cat Cancellation, Thanks Fans, Gushes Over Character

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In the wake of Nickelodeon canceling Sam & Cat after its first and only season, star Ariana Grande has spoken out in a heartfelt note to her fans.

Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy Picture

Grande, 21, and Jennette McCurdy, 22, came together to star on what was a consensus hit for the network, but was surprisingly derailed by scandals.

Between the racy Jennette McCurdy photos that leaked, salary disputes and rumors of discord between the two leads, gossip took over the internet.

Perhaps it was just too much for Nickelodeon to take.

Ariana didn't go there in her message to the show's supporters, which isn't surprising. Instead, she focused on the positive and the heartfelt:

“So the news is out about Sam & Cat. I felt it wasn’t my place to make any sort of announcement so I kept quiet until now."

"I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive, for helping me with multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago."

"I want to thank Dan Schneider (@DanWarp) for allowing me to play such a special, beautiful character who I hid behind for so long."

"What I mean by that is when I was younger, people loved Cat so much."

"I used to pretend to be more like her. It took me a long time to be brave enough to separate myself and show people how different we actually are."

"I think that’s honestly because I admire her so much. Her appreciation for life and everybody she encounters, her passion and genuine excitement for the little things."

"Even the things that most people dread. like school projects and work ... she always saw negative obstacles as opportunities to make things good.”

The network did not comment on any perceived salary disputes with McCurdy or whether the scandal(s) played any role in the show's demise.

All they said was this:

“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”


Can someone please explain to me WHY they are making such a big deal about this show's cancellation? Lots of shows get cancelled after a short run and it only gets announced a couple of times. Everywhere I look, there are articles about Sam & Cat's cancellation….I mean EVERYWHERE and often. Like I said, there have been a lot bigger and better shows that have suffered early cancellation but with nary the same level of mass reporting in the media. I just don't get it. Sorry for the cast & crew though; lots of people are quickly out of work….

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@ Katie Ward

It was not over early cancellation issues. It was over money. Ariana was getting paid more than Jennette and when she asked for more money they snubbed her. So that is why. The show had good ratings it was just that money was an issue.

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