Josh Peck Breaks Silence on Drake Bell and Quiet on Set

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Josh Peck is showing his support for Drake Bell.

The Drake & Josh alum addressed Investigation Discovery's documentary, Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, for the first time March 21, writing on Instagram that it took "a few days to process" after watching it.

"I reached out to Drake privately," Josh shared of his former costar, "but want to give my support for the survivors who were brave enough to share their stories of emotional and physical abuse on Nickelodeon sets with the world."

In the documentary, Drake came forward as the unnamed minor involved in the 2004 sexual assault conviction of Brian Peck, an acting and dialogue coach hired for Nickelodeon's All That. (Despite the same last name, Josh and Brian are not related.)

"Children should be protected," Josh's message continued, noting that it was likely difficult to relive the trauma in such a public way before adding, "I hope it can bring healing for the victims and their families as well as necessary change to our industry."

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The post comes just one day after Drake called for fans to take it easy on Josh, who was receiving backlash for not yet addressing the doc, sharing that they'd connected behind the scenes.

"[Josh] has reached out to talk with me," Drake said on TikTok March 20, "and help me work through this and has been really great. Just wanted to let you guys know that and to take it a little easy on him."

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Regarding Drake's revelation, Nickelodeon said in a statement to NBC News, "Now that Drake Bell has disclosed his identity as the plaintiff in the 2004 case, we are dismayed and saddened to learn of the trauma he has endured, and we commend and support the strength required to come forward."

Quiet on Set also looked at the allegations of inappropriate behavior against Dan Schneider—the creator of Nickelodeon sitcoms like Drake & Josh, iCarly and Victorious—who responded to the claims on March 19.

"Watching over the past two nights was very difficult for me," Dan told iCarly alum BooG!e in an interview published to YouTube. "Facing my past behaviors, some of which are embarrassing and that I regret, and I definitely owe some people a pretty strong apology."

"I could be cocky and definitely overambitious and sometimes just straight up rude and obnoxious and I am so sorry that I ever was," he continued. "When I watched the show, I could see the hurt in some people's eyes and it made me feel awful and regretful and sorry."

However, Dan—who left Nickelodeon in 2018—has maintained that his behavior wasn't inappropriate. "I couldn't, and I wouldn't have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I'd mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors," Dan told The New York Times in 2021, adding that if people saw him as "difficult," it was because of his "high standards."

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For more of the shocking bombshells from Quiet on Set, keep reading.

Drake Bell Says He Was Sexually Abused at 15

<p>Drake Bell Says He Was Sexually Abused at 15</p>

Drake Bell Describes How Brian Peck Got Him Alone

<p>Drake Bell Describes How Brian Peck Got Him Alone</p>

Dan Schneider Reaches Out

<p>Dan Schneider Reaches Out</p>

Brian Peck's Support System in Hollywood

<p>Brian Peck's Support System in Hollywood</p>

<p>Thicke <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:died in 2016;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">died in 2016</a>. E! News has reached out to reps for Marsden, Killam, Friedle, Strong and Kerns for comment but has not heard back.</p> <p>But, as Taylor noted in the ID series, it was entirely possible that none of the actors knew the extent of the charges against Peck when they wrote the letters.</p> <p>Kerns said in a statement included in <em>Quiet on Set</em> that she had since learned that her letter was based on "complete misinformation. Knowing what I know now, I never would have written the letter."</p> <p>Strong and Friedle <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:recently expressed regret for standing by Peck;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">recently expressed regret for standing by Peck</a>, who appeared on a couple of episodes of <em>Boy Meets World</em> in 1999. They said on a February episode of <em>Pod Meets World</em>, which they cohost with <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Danielle Fishel;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Danielle Fishel</strong></a>, that they didn't know the real story at the time.</p> <p>"He didn't say that nothing had happened," Strong said. "So, by the time we heard about this case and knew anything about it, it was always in the context of, 'I did this thing, I am guilty. I am going to take whatever punishment the government determines, but I'm a victim of jailbait. There was this hot guy. I just did this thing, and he's underage.' And we bought that storyline."</p> <p>Added Friedle, "We're sitting in that courtroom on the wrong side of everything. The victim's mother turned and said, 'Look at all the famous people you brought with you. And it doesn't change what you did to my kid.' I just sat there wanting to die. It was like, 'What the hell am I doing here?' It was horrifying all the way around."</p>

Brian Peck's Creepy Pen Pal

<p>Brian Peck's Creepy Pen Pal</p>

Kid-Friendly Programming?

<p>Kid-Friendly Programming?</p>

<p>In fact, slimy substances hitting girls in the face was a repeat joke in a number of Schneider's shows, including <em>Zoey 101</em>, as pointed out in the ID series by <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jamie Lynn Spears;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Jamie Lynn Spears</strong></a>' costar <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alexa Nikolas;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Alexa Nikolas</a></strong>. (She and <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:iCarly alum Jennette McCurdy;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><em>iCarly </em>alum <strong>Jennette</strong> <strong>McCurdy</strong></a> are among the former Nickelodeon actors who have previously <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spoken out against the network;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">spoken out against the network</a> for <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:failing to protect young talent;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">failing to protect young talent</a>.)</p> <p>"It was just uncomfortable," Frierson said in the series. But, he added, no one thought to complain to Schneider. "It was important to be on his good side," the now-37-year-old said of the <em>All That </em>writer-producer, "and he made it known who was on his good side."</p>

<p>A spokesperson for Schneider told E! News, "Everything that happened on the shows Dan ran was carefully scrutinized by dozens of involved adults and approved by the network. If there was an actual problem with the scenes that some people, now years later, are 'sexualizing,' they would be taken down, but they are not, they are aired constantly all over the world today still, enjoyed by both kids and parents."</p> <p>"Remember, all stories, dialogue, costumes, and makeup were fully approved by network executives on two coasts," the rep continued. "A standards and practices group read and ultimately approved every script, and programming executives reviewed and approved all episodes. In addition, every day on every set, there were always parents and caregivers and their friends watching filming and rehearsals. Had there been any scenes or outfits that were inappropriate in any way, they would have been flagged and blocked by this multilayered scrutiny. </p> <p>"Unfortunately, some adults project their adult minds onto kids' shows, drawing false conclusions about them."</p>

Unrealistic Expectations

<p>Unrealistic Expectations</p>

Not the Right Tone

<p>Not the Right Tone</p>

<p>A spokesperson for Schneider diusputed this characterization, noting the producer's "long history prominently featuring Black actors in his television shows," as well as his subsequent TV and film projects with <em>All That</em> breakout stars <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kenan Thompson;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Kenan Thompson</strong></a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kel Mitchell;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link "><strong>Kel Mitchell</strong></a>.</p>

Two for the Price of One

<p>Two for the Price of One</p>

<p><em>Quiet on Set</em> noted: "Dan Schneider denies Jenny's claims and states that he had no control over salaries."</p> <p>A spokesperson for Schneider reiterated as much to E! News, noting <em>The Amanda Show</em> was produced by a different company (Tollin/Robbins), but even on shows he created, salaries "were controlled by the network and also by the WGA."</p> <p>As for these recollections of Schneider's behavior, "unfortunately writers' rooms were often off-color places, especially more than 20 years ago," the spokesperson said. <br>"Dan is extremely sorry for his behavior that contributed to that environment and he has grown a lot since then. That behavior is clearly wrong and not for the workplace, and certainly he would never act that way again."</p>

Where Drake Bell Is Now

<p>Where Drake Bell Is Now</p>

<p>His own experience as a teen "led to a lot of self-destruction and a lot of self-loathing," Bell said in the series. "I would try and just escape with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, really just anything to escape." As for his 2021 arrest, "I took responsibility for that, did what was asked of me, but the media grabbed a hold of so much misinformation, and it absolutely destroyed me. And I started to spin out of control."</p> <p>In April 2023 he was <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reported missing;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">reported missing</a> in Daytona Beach, Fla., but <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:he turned up the next day;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">he turned up the next day</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:laughed it off;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">laughed it off</a>. "You leave your phone in the car and don't answer for the night and this?" he tweeted at the time. Earlier that year, however, he had <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly sought outpatient treatment;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">reportedly sought outpatient treatment</a> for substance abuse.</p> <p>In the series, the <em>Ready Steady Go! </em>artist said that if he'd "continued down that path," it might have been the end of him.</p> <p>He hit "rock bottom," he continued, so he checked into treatment, where he finally underwent grief and trauma therapy, "surrounded by people who for the first time in a long time wanted to just see me get better."</p>

Dan Schneider Would "Do Things Differently"

<p>Dan Schneider Would "Do Things Differently"</p>

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