Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Nickelodeon Jennette McCurdy’s actions have halted production on her new Nickelodeon show ‘Sam & Cat.’ jennettemccurdy via Instragram Jennette McCurdy has allegedly had some behind-the-scenes issues with co-star Ariana Grande. mebejennette via YouTube Jennette McCurdy allegedly refused to attend Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards last weekend.
A sexy selfie-fueled scandal has slimed one of Nickelodeon’s biggest shows.
The future of “Sam & Cat” is hanging by a silky thread after sultry selfies shot by one of the show’s thong-clad stars, Jennette McCurdy, were leaked online last month.
Now production on the top-rated kids’ comedy has ground to a halt, and the show — despite its popularity — hasn’t been renewed for a second season.
Sources said McCurdy, 21, has also been feuding with her co-star, Ariana Grande, 20, and others at Nickelodeon — and her discontent began in early March when the eye-popping nearly nude pictures went public.
McCurdy’s anger boiled over on Saturday, when she boycotted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards — and blamed the network.
“It has to do with how Nickelodeon treated me, that’s all,” she tweeted to explain her absence at the award show, where “Sam & Cat” won the Favorite Show trophy.
Grande beat out her co-star by taking the Favorite Actress award at the same event.
It is unclear why McCurdy is angry at the network — and her statements on Twitter didn’t make it any clearer.
“I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing,” McCurdy posted. “No matter who or what you support, I believe in supporting fairness first.”
“Sam & Cat” features two of the network’s most popular characters, Sam Puckett (McCurdy) from “iCarly,” and Cat Valentine (Grande) from “Victorious.” They play roommates who run a babysitting service.
McCurdy — who has been romantically linked to Detroit Pistons player Andre Drummond — has been on a Twitter rampage since the sexy pictures first appeared online, just days after she mocked Drummond on a podcast as a lousy kisser.
“It just didn’t go great … no sparks. The mouths … the shapes weren’t right,” she said.
Within days of the podcast, the pictures went viral. McCurdy tweeted that she had sent them to just one person and was mortified they had become public.
jennettemccurdy via Instagram Jennette Mccurdy has a penchant for posting photos of herself online. jennettemccurdy via Instagram Jennette McCurdy flaunted her curves in a short, skin-tight green dress. jennettemccurdy via Instagram Jennette McCurdy poses in a crop top, high-waisted shorts and sneakers. jennettemccurdy via Instagram ‘Love this dress I wore for a photoshoot!’ Jennette McCurdy captioned an Instagram photo.
Drummond claims he did not post the pictures online.
A network official told The News that McCurdy’s pictures had nothing to do with any rift between her and Nickelodeon.
“The photos caused no issues between McCurdy and the network, and we have the utmost respect for her,” the rep said.
“We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of ‘Sam & Cat,’ and everyone is understandably tired,” network officials said in a separate statement.
The “unusually long cycle” is a result of the show’s success — Nick ordered a whopping 40 episodes last summer after only four episodes of “Sam & Cat” aired and drew more than 4 million viewers, a huge amount for the network.