Ariana Grande denies “feud” with Jennette McCurdy

Photos from Ariana Grande's cover interview for Cosmopolitan’s February issue, on newsstands nationwide January 7th. Credit: Matt Jones
Ariana Grande claims she’s not feuding with Jennette McCurdy. Credit: Matt Jones

Are Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy feuding? The writing is sort of on the wall: Despite being the most popular show on Nickelodeon, their show “Sam & Cat” has yet to receive a second season pickup, so something must be going on behind the scenes. The two young actresses, who both started out as second bananas on other Nick sitcoms, are at very different places in their careers now: Grande is a rising pop star who’s being positioned as the new pre-twerk Miley Cyrus, while McCurdy is, well, on “Sam & Cat.” Rumor has it that McCurdy is angry that Grande has a much higher salary than she does.

Grande, however, took to Twitter on Thursday to deny that she and McCurdy are feuding over money — in fact, she says they make the same amount. “I hate addressing rumors and I hate gossip but this is really bothering me. Jennette and I agreed upfront that we would be treated equally on this show in all regards (as we should be, considering we each work just as hard as the other on this show). The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false. I don’t know who’s putting these idiotic quotes out there but I thought I’d straighten it out and try to end this nonsense,” she wrote.

So why the holdup on “Sam & Cat” then? Grande claims she doesn’t know. “As far as the show goes, I don’t know what’s happening because I’m not directly involved with the problem but I just wanted to address this one rumor in particular because I am NOT making more money than my costar, nor do I think I should be. So we can all move on and get out of our heads that this was a money thing cause I don’t play like that at all. I am, have always been and always will be about equality and fairness.”

One thing Grande doesn’t do is claim that she and McCurdy are the best of friends. Maybe it’s just an oversight, but I think if I were accused  of fighting with someone, and I responded “I certainly do not hate them because of money,” I would probably be implying that I hated them for something else.



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