Drake Bell Criticizes Nickelodeon’s Response to Abuse on Quiet on Set

The following article discusses the issue of child sexual abuse.

Drake & Josh star Drake Bell criticized Nickelodeon’s response to his molestation revelations in the recent documentary Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.

The series, which is already available in the UK on Discovery+, follows the stories of child actors and adult crew members who allegedly experienced unfair workplace conduct on the sets of various Nickelodeon shows from producer Dan Schneider.

Bell, who appeared on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh as a teenager, spoke publicly for the first time in the documentary about the abuse she endured at the hands of voice coach Brian Peck.

In 2004, Peck was convicted of lewd acts on a child and oral intercourse with a person under 16. Bell testified at Peck’s trial.

In response to the revelations on Quiet on Set, a Nickelodeon spokesperson said, “Now that Drake Bell has revealed his identity as a plaintiff in the 2004 case, we are saddened and pained to learn of the trauma he has experienced, and we applaud and support the strength it takes to come forward.”

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The network’s statement also said it “cannot confirm or deny allegations of conduct from decades-old productions” but that the network remains committed to “creating a safe and professional work environment, free from harassment or other forms of inappropriate conduct.”

Bell later criticized the statement during an appearance on The Sarah Fraser Show, where he said Nickelodeon had not given him enough support during the difficult situation.

“There’s a very well-tailored answer of saying, ‘Finding out about his trauma,’ because they couldn’t say they didn’t know about it or what happened or anything else,” he argued. “So I think it was a really well-tailored answer from probably some big-time Hollywood lawyer.”

The actor continued, “I think their answers are pretty empty because, I mean, they’re still showing our shows, they’re still airing our shows. And I have to pay for my own therapy, I have to figure out what — I mean, if there was anything, if there was any truth to the fact that they really cared, it would be more than quotes on a website of an obviously legal representative telling them exactly how to tailor their response.”

Bell’s Drake & Josh co-star Josh Peck (no relation to Brian Peck) spoke out last week, explaining that “reliving” his friend’s trauma was “extremely difficult.”

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“I have reached out to Drake privately, but I want to express my support for the survivors who were brave enough to share their stories of emotional and physical abuse on Nickelodeon sets,” Peck said.

Belle also received an apology from the cast of Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide podcast after it was revealed that they had made fun of Bell’s trauma during a podcast recording.

Separate from his Nickelodeon experience, Bell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disseminating material harmful to minors in connection with sending inappropriate text messages to a teenager in 2017.

Digital spy reached out to Nickelodeon to respond to Bell.

While Bell’s accusations are unrelated to the workplace complaints against Dan Schneider, the former Nickelodeon producer has been accused by former employees of abuse, inappropriate behavior and a toxic work environment.

In response, Schneider said in a YouTube video: “Seeing the pain in some people’s eyes … made me feel terrible, sorry and sad.”

Silence on the set aired in the US on the Investigation Discovery channel and in the UK it can be watched on Discovery+.

If the issues raised in this story are relevant to you, you can find out more from Rape Crisis England and Wales, which works to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, at: their website or by calling the National Rape Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Scotland’s Rape Crisis Helpline number: 08088 01 03 02.

We encourage readers in the US to contact us Rain, or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

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