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Nickelodeon cancels popular ‘Sam & Cat’ amid backstage drama

In this publicity image released by Nickelodeon, Jennette McCurdy, portrays Sam, left, and Ariana Grande, portrays Cat from the Nickelodeon series "SAM & CAT."
In this publicity image released by Nickelodeon, Jennette McCurdy, portrays Sam, left, and Ariana Grande, portrays Cat from the Nickelodeon series "SAM & CAT." Associated Press

“Sam & Cat” fans are disappointed but don’t seem surprised that Nickelodeon has pulled the plug on the successful show after barely one season.

In recent months behind-the-scenes drama has dogged the show and its two young stars, Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy, who portray roommates running a babysitting service.

The two reportedly have been feuding over their salaries, with McCurdy allegedly bent out of shape that she wasn’t making as much as Grande. She threw fire on those rumors by being a no-show at the Kids’ Choice Awards in March, where the show won Best TV Comedy and Grande won Best TV Comedy Actress.

"I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me,” McCurdy tweeted later.

Then there was that little issue of racy photos of McCurdy that popped up online. She insinuated that they were leaked by her ex-boyfriend, NBA player Andre Drummond, who denied the charge.

After that, Nickelodeon put the show on hiatus in April and the break-up is now final.

A kiss-off statement from a Nickelodeon spokesman to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday reads: “Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”

Though McCurdy hasn’t said anything publicly yet, Grande issued a weepy statement on Facebook Sunday.

“I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago,” Grande wrote.

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