Nickelodeon has parted ways with the man behind some of its most iconic shows.
According to Deadline, the network announced Monday it was ending its longtime relationship with writer/producer Dan Schneider and his production company Schneider’s Bakery.
“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon and Schneider said in a joint statement provided to Deadline. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.”
Despite the news, the network will reportedly move ahead with the fifth season of Schneider’s Henry Danger series but has decided to pull the plug on the producer’s Game Shakers program. The fate of The Adventures of Kid Danger—another Schneider-created show—is unclear.
“Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious, Kenan & Kel and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger,” the statement said. “We thank Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. And Dan and Schneider’s Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network.”
Schneider also worked on beloved shows like All That, The Amanda Show, and Zoey 101.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports the move comes after “multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff.”
“Schneider has had well documented temper issues for years,” Andreeva reported. “I hear there was a flareup last week during a meeting he had with Nickelodeon executives where they indicated to him that Game Shakers was not getting renewed for a fourth season. Sources say that Schneider’s reaction was, at least in part, due to the fact that Game Shakers was about to wrap production on its third season the following day with a cliffhanger season finale, which would leave fans without closure.”
Andreeva continues, "Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider’s shows."
So, don't expect Schneider to reprise his role as Mr. Baily in the rumored Good Burger sequel.