Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Television mogul Dan Schneider has spun gold on multiple occasions for Nickelodeon over the past 20 years. Schneider has created shows such as “All That”, “The Amanda Show”, “Drake and Josh” and plenty of others. In 2010, Schneider was able to create another hit called Victorious. The series centered around high schooler Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice) who was attempting to be a popular singer. Advertisements:
Like any other Nickelodeon show, there were goofy friends and siblings to be had and plenty of misadventures. The songs would become modest hits on the charts with young fans, but the show would last for just three seasons. “Victorious” was able to land four Emmy nominations despite the short run and even created a spin-off for Nickelodeon. As to why it ended, that’s still up for debate.
That spin-off that came from “Victorious” was “Sam & Cat” starring Ariana Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. Fans said that the spin-off signaled the end of the show, and some thought that it started because of a rift between Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. TMZ even reported that Justice was the reason that the show was cancelled because Grande said “one girl didn’t want to do it.”
Justice was not happy with this report, saying “That’s complete misinformation. I had no control over leaving the show or the show ending, that was completely up to Nickelodeon and the executives. And I love the cast and I loved doing Victorious.” Justice added that her pursuit of a music career didn’t affect the show after people wondered aloud if going on tour meant she didn’t want to do the show.
It was clear that there was drama on the show when Grande told Seventeen magazine that “I was so unhappy” when working on “Victorious”. She then said “I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me...But for some reason, I just felt like I need her approval. So I started changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly.” It was pretty clear who she was talking about, though she didn’t name names.
After reading the article, Victoria Justice tweeted out “Some people would throw (someone) that they consider a friend under the bus just (to) make themselves look good. #StopBeingAPhony #IfTheyOnlyKnew.” When Grande decided to celebrate her 23rd birthday, she reunited with many of the cast members including Daniella Monet, Matt Bennett and Leon Thomas III. Naturally, Justice was not there.
When asked for a comment on why she wasn’t, it was suggested that there was a feud between she and Grande. Justice said “There’s no feud. We’re not best friends, but at the end of the day, I wish her well, and she’s doing great and I’m happy for her. We’re on different paths, doing our own things.” Saying that they aren’t “best friends” definitely seems like an understatement with all of the documented feuding through the years.
According to Justice, Grande texted her about the situation and said that she was talking about someone that she worked with “on Broadway” and that “you know how the media twists words.” Since it was an exact quote from Grande, it’s hard to see how she could have been possibly talking about anyone other than Justice, and the fact that the two haven’t reunited since “Victorious” ended while the rest of the cast has makes us all think that there is still problems between the two.
The producers were trying to keep the drama on the set quiet, but with media the way it is now, it was pretty difficult. There were some other things that they were hiding that were much less harmful. For instance, the ketchup and mustard bottles that frequently appeared on tables were made shorter because they kept blocking the faces of the cast members from certain camera angles.