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Nickelodeon Star Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse at Hands of Fellow Actor

Drake Bell Quiet on Set documentary
Credit: Nickelodeon

WARNING: The following article mentions and/or discusses topics that may be distressing for certain audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

One of Nickelodeon’s hit shows in the late 1990s and early 2000s was The Amanda Show, starring Amanda Bynes. The show featured two characters that were so popular, that a new show was created just for them.

That show was Drake & Josh, starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck. Drake & Josh revolved around the teen stepbrothers who struggled to learn how to live together despite their decidedly different personalities.

During this time, Nickelodeon’s child stars seemed to have it all, but that could not have been further from the truth. A new Investigation Discovery docuseries — Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV — will dive deep into the disturbing rein of terror that encompassed the network during the time Dan Schneider worked there.

Quiet on Set docuseries

Credit: Investigation Discovery

Schneider was the creative mind behind many of Nickelodeon’s hit shows, including Victorious, Good Burger, Kenan & Kel, All That, iCarly, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, and Sam & Cat.

He made Nickelodeon A LOT of money, which may be why executives ignored multiple complaints against him. Schneider was accused by many actors and their parents of being sexist, racist, and misogynistic.

Schneider parted ways with Nickelodeon in 2018 after an investigation into his behavior was launched. A number of Schneider’s coworkers accused him of abuse and creating a toxic work environment.

Good Burger

Credit: Nickelodeon

Sadly, Dan Schneider was not the only person at Nickelodeon who traumatized some of the young actors and actresses who worked for him. And some are still dealing with the repercussions today.

In 2003, Brian Peck — a dialogue coach on several Nickelodeon shows — was arrested on more than a dozen charges of the sexual abuse of an unnamed minor. Peck pled no contest to performing a lewd act with a 14- or 15-year-old and to oral copulation with a minor under 16 and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Brian Peck Boy Meets World

Credit: Disney

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His victims remained anonymous, and those who worked with Peck could do nothing by wonder. But now one of them is coming forward. And it is none other than Nickelodeon star, Drake Bell.

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It is important to note that Brian Peck has no relation to Bell’s costar, Josh Peck.

This is not the first time that Peck has been in the news in recent weeks. In late February, Boy Meets World stars Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle admitted they defended Peck when he was accused. They said that Peck had painted himself as a victim, and they could not imagine someone they were close to doing something so awful.

Pod Meets World

Credit: Pod Meets World

On their podcast, Pod Meets World, they admitted that Brian Peck had groomed them and manipulated them into thinking that he was a good person.

Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV will air on March 17 and 18. It is a four-part docuseries that will run from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both nights.

Will you be watching Quiet on Set? Let us know in the comments. 

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

One comment

  1. Well then it’s no wonder Drake Bell has gone in all the directions he has. As a past survivor of child sexual abuse, the trauma that lives with you for the rest of your life, especially if you’ve kept it a secret, is beyond traumatic. You learn to find ways to cope as you get much older, but it truly does have a horrible effect on your teen and young adult years. I’m in my mid 50’s, and I can still see my abuser and recall perfectly how it changed me starting at the young age of 6. And this is why we need to talk to our kids nonstop because this happened to me in the 70’s when nothing like this was ever talked about to children. I wish him all the best, and hopefully he can sort through it all, get help, and finally get some peace.

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