Ariana Grande is down to one job. After news broke on Sunday that Nickelodeon was canceling her show, “Sam & Cat,” following just one season, Ariana has to be content to be just a music superstar and not a double threat.
“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 in a long Facebook post announcing the news, which she said she had kept to herself until the network made it official.
She also thanked show producer/creator Dan Schneider for giving her such a “special, beautiful character who I hid behind for so long. What I mean by that is when I was younger, people loved Cat so much I used to pretend to be more like her. It took me a long time to be brave enough to separate myself and show people how different we actually are…. I think that’s honestly because I admire her so much. Her appreciation for life and everybody she encounters. Her passion and genuine excitement for the little things that most people dread like school projects and work. She always saw negative obstacles as opportunities to make things good… So I know a lot of people will think this is a lot for some ’dumb’ kids show character…. but to me she is actually a lot smarter, stronger and braver than all the rest of us.”
Grande did not, however, mention co-star Jennette McCurdy in her post and at press time it did not appear that McCurdy had made any social media statements about the show’s cancellation.
Nickelodeon put the hit show on “permanent” hiatus in April following reported behind-the-scenes issues.
“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat,” a network spokesperson said in a statement to MTV News. “We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.”
A 30-second promo clip released on July 3 promised that the second-to-last episode of the season – which aired on Saturday night – would find the characters “going out with a bang.”
The Hollywood Reporter said the decision not to do a second season of the popular spinoff of “Victorious” and “iCarly” came after McCurdy, 21, made headlines earlier this year over a reported salary dispute and other off-screen issues. This Saturday’s episode #36, “#GettingWiggy,” will serve as the show’s finale.