Nickelodeon has severed ties with longtime producer Dan Schneider, who created many of the channel’s scripted series over the past three decades, Variety reported Monday. The news fanned the flames of rumors about Schneider’s behavior.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” a Nickelodeon spokesperson said. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.”
The spokesperson said Schneider’s Henry Danger will continue for a fifth season, but his other current series, Game Shakers, has been canceled. Schneider has produced more than a dozen Nickelodeon shows and is credited with launching the careers of stars including Kenan Thompson, Ariana Grande, and Amanda Bynes.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Schneider had been “under a cloud of suspicion” due to his treatment of younger actors who worked on his show and “multiple complaints of abusive behavior” from his staff.
“Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars,” according to Deadline.
Schneider has also been accused on social media of predatory behavior.