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Ariana Grande insists therapy should be ‘mandatory’ for child stars following the release of Quiet On Set

Ariana Grande has insisted that therapy should be “mandatory” for child stars.

The singer, who shot to fame for her roles on the children’s TV network Nickelodeon, has reflected on her time on the shows.

This follows the release of Investigation Discovery’s shocking documentary Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV which made claims about toxic workplaces for child actors and crews on Nickelodeon, earlier this year.

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While Ariana didn’t specifically name the 4-part docuseries, she confessed that she empathised with the “devastating” allegations.

The 30-year-old admitted she had a “beautiful” experience on set during her time on Victorious and Sam And Cat.

However, insisted that the environment that child actors are in “just needs to be made a lot safer all around.”

Speaking on the Podcrushed podcast, she told host and fellow actor Penn Badgley she believes that child actors attending therapy twice or three times a week to offset “the level of exposure”  should be in contracts.


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She told Penn: “There should be an element that is mandatory of therapy, a professional person to unpack what this experience of your life-changing so drastically does to you at a young age, at any age.”

Ariana suggested she has been “reprocessing” her experience on set, which “has and is” changing.”

“A lot of people don’t have the support that they need to get through performing at that level at such a young age,” she continued.

The pop star believed that parents should be “allowed to be wherever they want to be” – instead of “occasionally” coming to set.

Quiet on Set

The shocking Investigation Discovery documentary series Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV uncovered the toxic culture behind some of the most iconic children’s shows of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The docuseries revealed allegations of emotional abuse and sexualisation of child actors against Dan Schneider, a Nickelodeon executive and show creator.

In the third episode, Drake Bell also alleged that he was sexually abused by former Nickelodeon dialogue coach Brian Peck (no relation to Bell’s Drake & Josh co-star Josh Peck) when he was 15.


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