Are Former ‘Sam & Cat’ Stars Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy Friends?


It’s been nearly six years because the hit present Sam & Cat ended on Nickelodeon after only one season beneath eyebrow-raising circumstances, with allegations of 1 star wanting more cash and one other desirous to bolt for her flourishing music profession.

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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande of ‘Sam & Cat’ on the 2013 Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards | Lester Cohen/WireImage

After all of the mud settled, not rather more has been heard in regards to the actresses’ friendship and whether or not it survived Sam & Cat‘s cancellation.

The ‘iCarly’ and ‘Victorious’ stars began out as buddies

With iCarly saying goodbye to followers in 2012 after six years of enjoyable and Victorious ending its four-season run in Feb. 2013, Nickelodeon wanted one other present with established stars positive to attract viewers in.

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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande | Lester Cohen/WireImage

The reply to their issues arrived within the type of Sam & Cat, a spin-off of the 2 hit exhibits that launched in the summertime of 2013. The comedy sequence revolved across the two buddies’ after-school babysitting enterprise which, managed by Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine, might solely assure enjoyable and hilarity for viewers.

On the time, Nickelodeon mentioned in an announcement, “Sam & Cat is the proper automobile to showcase the wonderful chemistry and comedic skills of Jennette and Ariana. Followers will love seeing two of their favourite Nick characters again in motion on this wild and hilarious comedy.”

The present was an prompt hit, however it wouldn’t final.

‘Sam & Cat’ was cancelled in 2014

Regardless of being a reliable scores winner, the present ended its run after simply over a yr on the air. Followers have been in shock, particularly as a result of it appeared that the enjoyable was ending due to rumors that one or each stars have been sad with their salaries and, much more stunning, that Grande was pursuing a musical profession.

The scenario grew to become more strange when risqué images of McCurdy surfaced on websites and he or she herself posted her personal on social media. The 27-year-old actress wrote a prolonged post on Reddit in 2014, confirming she was achieved with the present and the community, saying partially, “I left Nickelodeon lately as a result of I wanted to maneuver ahead with my life. . . I don’t consider folks ought to assault me as a result of their picture of me is destroyed after I put up a innocent, sultry picture.”

Though the speak was that the community was sad with the actress’ image-killing images, it appeared the precise cause for her unhappiness, in keeping with the rumor mill, was her need for her wage to match Grande’s.

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The “thank u, subsequent” singer, for her half on the time posted on her Facebook account to clear issues up, saying: “I hate addressing rumors and I hate gossip however that is actually bothering me. . . The rumors circulating about our contracts and our wage not being equal are completely ridiculous and false. I don’t know who’s placing these idiotic quotes on the market however I assumed I’d straighten it out and attempt to finish this nonsense.”

Sam & Cat won the Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Award for Favourite TV Present in 2014, and Grande gained for Favourite TV Actress. McCurdy, nevertheless, was a no-show on the awards occasion.

So are they nonetheless buddies?

As soon as all of the mud settled after Sam & Cat ended, Grande, 26, moved on to her present famous person standing and McCurdy has thrown herself into directing and writing tasks. Whereas the previous Victorious star has not addressed their friendship in interviews or on social media, McCurdy did open up, telling E! News in 2015 that the 2 buddies have been strong.

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Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande | Araya Diaz/Getty Pictures for Nickelodeon

“I simply really feel that, you realize Ariana and I have been and are extraordinarily shut and really like-minded in lots of other ways after which, sorta because the present dissolved, everyone needed to seek out some kind of hidden which means in our relationship. Some like drama and I believe we butted heads at occasions however in a really sisterly approach. She is aware of me so effectively and I do know her so effectively that I believe it was unlucky that issues sort of received misconstrued.”

And, when Grande grew to become engaged with comic Pete Davidson in 2018, McCurdy was thrilled for her former present co-star.

“So excited for her. She looks like she discovered an excellent match,” she told E! News in 2018, including that she and Grande nonetheless remained in contact and texted infrequently to get caught up on each other’s lives.

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