Sam and Cat may be off the air soon, but is it because of Jennette McCurdy's racy selfies? And should you, as a parent, be concerned about them?
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Jennette McCurdy, known to kids everywhere as Sam, recently came under fire as racy selfies were leaked — selfies of the bra-and-underwear-clad variety. Now, rumors are swirling that Nickelodeon may be on the verge of canceling its highest-rated series, Sam and Cat. Are the two issues related, and if they are, is the network justified?

Sam and Cat

Sam and Cat, which airs on Nickelodeon, brings together two sidekicks of sorts. McCurdy plays Sam, a character that got her start on the immensely popular iCarly, and Ariana Grande plays Cat, whose character originally appeared on Victorious. Sam and Cat is wrapping up its first season, with a whopping 40 episodes, but things are not peachy on — or off — the set.

While Nickelodeon is staying mum on the subject, the series has not yet been renewed for a second season despite its huge success. McCurdy's recent leaked photos scandal is being touted as one of the possible reasons, as well as possible (yet unconfirmed) discord between herself and her co-star over money.

So what's the real story here?

Kids' TV stars

She's a 21-year-old woman and can certainly send bra-and-underwear selfies to whoever she wants to.

McCurdy is a well-known actress to preteens and teenagers, and has been for some time. Any performer or entertainer whose primary audience is children (or is a child herself) is held up to a higher standard than one who isn't. Take Miley Cyrus for example. The shock and horror that continues to resonate every time she is photographed or filmed doing something very adultlike is a perfect illustration of that.

However, I'm not convinced that McCurdy's leaked photos are that big of a deal, and they definitely don't merit the cancellation of a TV series. She says that the photos were sent to one unnamed person and were not meant for public consumption. Of course this may or may not be true, but she's a 21-year-old woman and can certainly send bra-and-underwear selfies to whoever she wants to.

No concerns here

That being said, I don't see why parents should be concerned at all. Young kids are unlikely to come across these photos to begin with, and if they do, well, she's just in a bra and underwear. The drama surrounding this purported scandal, and not the scandal itself, may be why Nickelodeon is undecided on renewing the series for another season. We also don't really know what's happening on set or behind the scenes either, and really, how can we? Unless we're actors, we don't know what sorts of physical and mental exhaustion take place at the end of filming 40 episodes. But it'd be a huge coincidence if they stop filming the show now, so I suspect that the drama may be too much for everyone to handle.

Kids grow up. This is a fact. Child actors also grow up, including the ones our own kids love.

Kids grow up. This is a fact. Child actors also grow up, including the ones our own kids love. Yes, I think that the entertainers of children should be good role models for their young fans, and I admit that it can be jarring to see them as the adults they grow into, but in this case, I don't think we have to worry about McCurdy becoming Miley Cyrus.

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