In June, Paramount+ relaunched one of Nickelodeon's biggest hit series, iCarly. Much like the original, the reboot is led by Nathan Kress, Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor. However, one star is missing, Jeanette McCurdy. McCurdy played the role of Sam Puckett during the show's original run, but she has recently stepped away from acting.
“I resent my career in a lot of ways," she said about her decision to step away from Hollywood.
“I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most just cheesy, embarrassing...I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles.”
McCurdy's decision to step away from the show during its second run opened up the door for another actress by the name of Laci Mosley. Mosley plays the role of Harper, Carly's roommate. Over the course of her career, she's contributed to shows like Insecure and A Black Lady Sketch Show. Mosley was excited to take on this opportunity, but she was met with racist attacks by fans who felt she was stepping into a role meant for McCurdy.
As attacks against Mosley mounted, iCarly writer Franchesca Ramsey, Miranda Cosgrove and several other members of the cast stepped in to defend Mosley.
“iCarly are proud to be racially diverse, not only in our crew but in our cast,” an official statement from the iCarly team reads.
“We have recently seen reports of racism towards a member of our iCarly cast, and it is not acceptable!”
In a recent interview with Los Angeles Times, Mosley addressed the attacks that she faced leading up to the show's release. The actress explained that while she was able to move forward with the show and all that it has to offer, she and so many other Black women constantly feel attacked for simply existing.
“Black women deserve protection. We deserve care. We deserve to not be the mules for every single cause — and then when we need help and support, that’s nowhere to be found,” Mosley said.
“Breonna Taylor deserves to be alive and her killers definitely deserve to be in jail. We’ve seen so many times Black women’s work is monetized, stolen from us, you know, and we’re abused. … It’s time for Black women to get their share because Black women have been out here from day one fighting for everybody.”
Season one of the iCarly reboot starring Laci Mosley is currently available on Paramount+.
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