The Nickelodeon Network has had it's hands full distancing itself from the recent Drake Bell child endangerment drama, but now whispers revolving around ex-Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider are creeping back into the spotlight.
Word around the rumor mill is that Schneider, who produced mega-hit Nick series as, iCarly, Drake & Josh, The Amanda Show, Zoey 101 and so many more, is a man who likes bare feet. The talk about a potential foot fetish first began swirling around the award winning showrunner based on the fact that many of his child stars were often seen on camera with their feet exposed.
Not only were the actors on the shows barefoot, but feet were a regular source of humor, featuring the characters awkwardly squishing things with feet, rubbing feet, or biting toes.
In an interview with the New York Times, the former TV producer was asked about the rumors and responded, "The comedy was totally innocent." He went on to insist the foot fetish talk was "ridiculous".
Schneider claimed that children found bare feet goofy and funny and that there was nothing sexual about his use of exposed feet in his work. Though that could very well be true, the feet thing is just one of a long list of borderline inappropriate behavior with his young actors.
Schneider left his high profile producing gig at Nickelodeon in 2018, saying he needed to attend to personal matters. According to the NYT, Schneider left his 30 year run at the network at the same time he was being in-house investigated due to claims of verbal abuse from former staff.
To make matters worth for the network, former Nickelodeon child star Bell recently plead guilty to attempted endangering of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
Bell is charged with inappropriately messaging a 15-year-old girl who attended a concert in Cleveland in December 2017. The shamed actor known for his role on Drake & Josh is scheduled to be sentenced on July 12.
Despite the allegations against Schneider, no evidence of sexual misconduct have ever been found. Answering those allegations Schneider told the NYT, "I couldn't, and I wouldn't have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I'd mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors.