Ariana Grande Slams Jennette McCurdy Salary Rumors
The singer/actress’ co-star on the teen show Jennette McCurdy skipped the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday (March 29, 2014) and subsequently revealed she boycotted the event after being put in an “uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation” by Nickelodeon executives.
The show was immediately put on hiatus, with network bosses insisting everyone involved in the series needed a break.
However, subsequent reports suggested McCurdy was embroiled in a bitter argument with producers over allegations Grande is earning a much higher pay packet.
Now “The Way” singer has spoken out to insist she is not bringing home more money than her co-star. Grande wrote on Twitter:
“I hate addressing rumors and I hate gossip but this is really bothering me. Jennette and I agreed upfront that we would be treated equally on this show in all regards (as we should be, considering we each work just as hard as the other on this show). The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false. I don’t know who’s putting these idiotic quotes out there but I thought I’d straighten it out and try to end this nonsense. As far as the show goes, I don’t know what’s happening because I’m not directly involved with the problem but I just wanted to address this one rumor in particular because I am NOT making more money than my costar, nor do I think I should be. So we can all move on and get out of our heads that this was a money thing cause I don’t play like that at all. I am, have always been and always will be about equality and fairness.”
No word on what McCurdy has to say about Grande’s statement.