Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy: 'I Am Not a Role Model'


The Nickelodeon TV show "Sam & Cat" was recently canceled, but the two stars of the series had very different parting statements.

Ariana Grande wrote a long post on her Facebook page on Sunday thanking her fans and recalling how her character "Cat" was her role model.

Grande stated:

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.

However, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Grande thanked the crew, cast and the fans, but never mentioned her co-star Jennette McCurdy by name.

McCurdy posted some racy selfies online earlier this year, which the Daily Mail warned might lead to the end of the kids' show.

She didn't appear at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, but wrote her goodbye to the show on this week:

I am not a role model. I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be. There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot.

...What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life. And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life. Now before you start thinking I'm some sort of derelict that leads a life of crime, let me clarify. I am proud of the way I live my life.

...But in order to be thought of as a real, true role model, I believe you have to know a person and their actions, inside and out. Calling a celebrity a role model is like calling a stranger a role model.

...For those of you who do consider me a role model, I hope you don't read this and cringe. I appreciate you. I appreciate you so much! I appreciate that you believe in me, support me, and in some way, hope to live your life like me. But please, I encourage you to find role models in the people around you, the people in your everyday life, the people that are your friends and family. I encourage you to base your idea of a role model off of someone you know well enough to see purely, not in the light, cameras, and actions of Hollywood.

Sources: Facebook, The Hollywood Reporter,, Daily Mail (Image Credit: Mingle MediaTV)


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