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Ariana Grande says all child stars should have one clause in their contract following 'devastating' accusations

Ariana Grande says all child stars should have one clause in their contract following 'devastating' accusations

Ariana Grande also said her mum was only 'occasionally' allowed on set when she was a child star

Ariana Grande has called for a change in child TV star contracts, following ‘devastating’ abuse allegations.

Despite being known for her hugely successful pop career, Ariana Grande first rose to fame as a child TV star.

As a teenager, she played Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s hit show Victorious, and later reprised her role in a spin-off version called Sam & Cat.

It’s a career that young children look up to and dream of, but the release of a docu-series has disclosed what allegedly happened behind the scenes.

The five-part series, Quiet On Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV, detailed multiple counts of emotional and physical abuse allegations on the sets of kids TV shows in the early 2000s.

“A lot of people don’t have the support that they need." (Podcrushed)
“A lot of people don’t have the support that they need." (Podcrushed)

Speaking to You actor Penn Badgley, host of the Podcrushed podcast, Ariana expressed her sadness for the ‘devastating’ allegations that have come to light, but made clear that her experience on Nickelodeon was nothing but ‘beautiful’.

Despite this, she called for a reform of child star contracts to have a ‘mandatory’ clause, which gives them access to therapy when they need it.

She explained: “There should be an element that is mandatory of therapy, a professional person to unpack what this experience of your life-changing so drastically does to you at a young age, at any age.

“A lot of people don’t have the support that they need to get through performing at that level at such a young age.”

Ariana noted that she was still ‘reprocessing’ her own experiences on the shows, and said that they are evolving all the time.

In addition to therapy, she advocated for greater parental presence on set, as she documented that parents were only allowed on set ‘occasionally’ while filming.

Ariana played Cat Valentine as a child star. (Nickelodeon).
Ariana played Cat Valentine as a child star. (Nickelodeon).

Former Nickelodeon producer, Dan Schneider, came under serious scrutiny after the release of the docu-series.

He has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Quiet on Set, after claiming that the programme has ‘irreparably harmed’ his reputation.

One of the biggest revelations of all in the docu-series, was when Drake Bell spoke out about his experiences filming for the shows.

He recounted alleged sexual abuse that he suffered at the hands of since-convicted sex offender Brian Peck.

Peck was close with the child stars at Nickelodeon as a dialogue coach, working particularly with Amanda Bynes, the golden-girl of children’s TV at the time.

Amanda Bynes had her own show on Nickelodeon, but has not spoken out about Quiet on Set.

Featured Image Credit: CBS/Getty/Podcrushed

Topics: TV, Crime, Documentaries