Nickelodeon Alum Devon Werkheiser Apologizes to Drake Bell for Joke

Nickelodeon Alum Devon Werkheiser Apologizes to Drake Bell for Joke

Drake Bell Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse He Suffered

Devon Werkheiser is walking help outdated feedback. 

After the 33-300 and sixty five days-passe and his fellow Ned’s Declassified College Survival Info alums Lindsay Shaw and Daniel Curtis Lee seemed as if it would perhaps perhaps presumably create fun of the docuseries Restful on Space: The Sad Facet of Formative years TV—which chronicles the alleged complicated working prerequisites under Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider as smartly as the sexual abuse Drake Bell skilled—Werkheiser is issuing an apology. 

“I was as soon as being an fool right this moment time,” he wrote in a March 19 assertion shared to X, previously identified as Twitter. “No device around it. I essentially feel depraved that my dumbass was as soon as even speaking about this with out seeing it. I watched Restful on Space tonight and am taken aback by the gravity of what Drake and others shared. For sure heartbroken over what my fellow actors went by. I’m in a position to’t assume they weren’t safe. I’m sorry for compounding any anguish.”

Werkheiser captioned the put up, “So sorry to Drake. Gutted I anguish you.”

The passe child smartly-known particular person’s apology comes finest hours after Bell known as Werkheiser out, retweeting a video show recording of Werkheiser’s feedback over which he wrote, “Ned’s Declassless…here is wild…chortle it up guys…chortle it up… Essentially?!”

The moment came about at some level of a TikTok livestream—mighty of which has since been uploaded to social media the place it be got a backlash—when Werkheiser suggested his passe costar, “Safe help for your hole, Daniel,” earlier than continuing with a lewd shaggy dog story. 

He then proceeded to compare his abilities with Nickelodeon with the Drake & Josh smartly-known particular person’s, announcing, “Sorry, we must no longer shaggy dog story about this. We essentially must no longer. Listen, our region was as soon as no longer relish that. And no, it be f–king unpleasant. The Drake Bell s–t, that’s loopy to hear.” 

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In Restful on Space, Bell, now 37, comes forward as the previously unnamed minor angry by the 2004 sexual assault conviction of Brian Peck, who was as soon as employed as an acting and dialogue coach for season two of the community’s All That. 

In relation to Bell’s decision to interrupt is silence, Nickelodeon acknowledged in a press launch to NBC News, “Now that Drake Bell has disclosed his identity as the plaintiff in the 2004 case, we are dismayed and saddened to be taught of the trauma he has persevered, and we commend and give a lift to the strength required to conclude forward.”

The Amanda Worth alum’s story is one of the principal assorted interviews at some level of the documentary that disclose the experiences of these working on varied Nickelodeon exhibits in the 1990s and 2000s, with Schneider at the heart of the controversy. 

Earlier than the documentary’s launch, a spokesperson for Schneider suggested E! News in a lengthy assertion that the producer and creator cared for the wellbeing of the adolescents on his exhibits. 

“He understood what they contain been going by and he was as soon as their most inspiring champion,” the assertion read. “The reality is a lot of the adolescents on these exhibits are attach in the untenable converse of becoming the breadwinner for his or her family and the rigidity that comes alongside with that.”

The protest persevered, “Add on high of that the difficulties of growing up and having to discover so under the spotlight whereas working a tense job, all as a child. This is why there are varied ranges of requirements, executives, attorneys, academics and oldsters in all locations, the total time, on each and every region, each and on daily basis. However, it is silent a arduous converse to be a kid and nobody knew that larger than Dan.” 

For a number of the most inspiring bombshells dropped in Restful on Space, abet studying. 

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Drake Bell Says He Was Sexually Abused at 15

“I’ve under no conditions talked about this outside of remedy,” Drake Bell acknowledged in the ID sequence, sharing for the first time that he was as soon as sexually abused by Brian Peck.

The sequence describes the extent of the abuse the exercise of graphics from the reliable prices in opposition to Peck—a dialogue and acting coach who also seemed in bit roles such as “Predicament Guy” on All That—for the reason that Drake & Josh actor most standard to no longer hasten into disclose on camera. 

“The abuse was as soon as in depth and it got fairly brutal,” Bell acknowledged. Suggested by a producer (who’s heard nevertheless no longer seen) to finest share whatever he was as soon as ecstatic with, he answered, “Why don’t you suspect of the worst stuff any individual can discover to somebody as a sexual assault and that’ll answer your inquire. I do no longer know the device else to place it.”

Peck, now 63, was as soon as arrested in August 2003 and finally sentenced in October 2004 to 16 months in penal advanced after pleading no contest to a count apiece of lewd act upon a child 14 or 15 by a particular person 10 years older and oral copulation of a particular person under 16, based totally on sentencing paperwork reviewed by E! News. He was as soon as also required to register as a intercourse culprit.

E! News reached out to Peck for commentary nevertheless didn’t hear help. Nickelodeon suggested NBC News in a press launch, “Now that Drake Bell has disclosed his identity as the plaintiff in the 2004 case, we are dismayed and saddened to be taught of the trauma he has persevered, and we commend and give a lift to the strength required to conclude forward.”

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Drake Bell Describes How Brian Peck Obtained Him By myself

Bell described Peck purposely utilizing a wedge between him and his supervisor father Joe Bell (who also appears to be like to be in the ID sequence and backs up his son’s story) in recount that he would perhaps perhaps presumably employ more time with the teenager, who had a recurring operate on The Amanda Worth earlier than he was as soon as provided his have sitcom, Drake & Josh, in 2004.

Peck would grab him to auditions, Bell acknowledged, and then contain him sleep over, announcing it was as soon as too slow to force him help home. One night time, Bell described, he awoke on the sofa (the place he acknowledged he always slept) and Peck was as soon as sexually assaulting him.

“I iced up and was as soon as in full shock and had no idea what to discover or the arrangement to react,” Bell acknowledged, “and I had no idea the arrangement to discover out of the peril.”

He recalled Peck being apologetic, nevertheless the abuse didn’t discontinuance—and Bell acknowledged he didn’t protest anyone, no longer even when the mummy of his then-female friend realized something was as soon as sinful and took him to a therapist. He admittedly believed that if he acknowledged the leisure, his career would perhaps perhaps presumably be over. 

At final, he acknowledged he “exploded” and suggested his mother every thing, and she actual away known as police. Bell acknowledged that detectives made him give an “excruciatingly detailed” story of the abuse after which had him call Peck to suggested a confession over the phone whereas they listened in. Peck “honest appropriate started a elephantine-on confession,” Bell acknowledged, and was as soon as therefore arrested on Aug. 20, 2003.

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Dan Schneider Reaches Out

Bell also acknowledged in Restful on Space that Dan Schneider, creator and govt producer of The Amanda Worth and Drake & Josh, was as soon as rapid to inquire him if he wanted the leisure and otherwise had his help after Peck was as soon as arrested.

In any other case, he didn’t hear mighty from any one he worked with, either because they didn’t know or “perhaps because it be a terribly sensitive area,” Bell mirrored. “Essentially the finest particular person that I be aware being there for me was as soon as Dan. Sadly, there was as soon as no remedy and I was as soon as left to my have devices…which at that age potentially will not be always essentially the fitting thing.”

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Brian Peck’s Enhance System in Hollywood

The guidelines in Bell’s case contain been sealed for years. But after they contain been unsealed, parties would perhaps perhaps presumably notice who wrote the 41 letters of give a lift to filed on Peck’s behalf earlier than his 2004 sentencing.

No person from Nickelodeon, including Schneider, wrote a letter, based totally on Industry Insider journalist Kate Taylor—whose 2022 investigative fragment detailing allegations of misconduct in opposition to Schneider inspired the ID sequence. (“We wrote Kate fairly of a treasure letter,” sequence co-director Mary Robertson suggested Vanity Shapely, “after which acknowledged that we would treasure to companion and create bigger upon her already improbable reporting.”)

Amongst other folks that did write letters: James MarsdenSaturday Night Are living player Taran Killam, Boy Meets World actors Will Friedle and Rider Sturdy, and Rising Danger oldsters Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

Marsden wrote, as his letter was as soon as quoted in the sequence, that he’d identified Peck (who had bit parts in 2000’s X-Males and 2003’s X2) for 14 years and “what Brian has been by in the final 300 and sixty five days is the struggling of a hundred men.” Killam, who seemed on The Amanda Worth and Drake & Josh, wrote of Peck, per the sequence, “I know for a incontrovertible reality that he regrets any errors made.”

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Thicke died in 2016. E! News has reached out to reps for Marsden, Killam, Friedle, Sturdy and Kerns for commentary nevertheless has no longer heard help.

But, as Taylor renowned in the ID sequence, it was as soon as entirely most likely that none of the actors knew the extent of the prices in opposition to Peck after they wrote the letters.

Kerns acknowledged in a press launch incorporated in Restful on Space that she had since learned that her letter was as soon as in step with “full misinformation. Colorful what I know now, I under no conditions would contain written the letter.”

Sturdy and Friedle nowadays expressed remorse for standing by Peck, who seemed on a few episodes of Boy Meets World in 1999. They acknowledged on a February episode of Pod Meets World, which they cohost with Danielle Fishel, that they didn’t know the particular story at the time.

“He didn’t negate that nothing had came about,” Sturdy acknowledged. “So, by the level we heard about this case and knew the leisure about it, it was as soon as always in the context of, ‘I did this thing, I’m responsible. I’m going to grab whatever punishment the manager determines, nevertheless I’m a victim of jailbait. There was as soon as this sizzling man. I honest appropriate did this thing, and he is underage.’ And we sold that storyline.”

Added Friedle, “We’re sitting in that court on the sinful aspect of every thing. The victim’s mother grew to alter into and acknowledged, ‘Witness at the total smartly-known other folks you introduced with you. And it would no longer alternate what you did to my kid.’ I honest appropriate sat there making an strive to die. It was as soon as relish, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’ It was as soon as horrifying the total device around.”

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Brian Peck’s Creepy Pen Buddy

In Restful on SpaceAll That alum Kyle Sullivan recalled everyone from the repeat going to Peck’s condo for a barbecue. The actor and dialogue coach—who also worked on The Amanda Worth and Amanda Bynes‘ subsequent sitcom What I Adore About You—had a room elephantine of classic toys and silly books, Sullivan acknowledged, and a garage dedicated to Planet of the Apes memorabilia.

Sullivan recalled that Peck was as soon as giving him a tour when he showed the teenager a painting of a clown made by the slow serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who murdered as a minimal 33 boys and younger men, based totally on reliable accounts of his crimes, and was as soon as completed in 1994. Peck also had a stack of letters purportedly from Gacy that contain been given a converse of pleasure in the nightstand next to his mattress, based totally on Sullivan. 

E! News also reached out to Peck regarding his Gacy fandom alleged in the sequence nevertheless didn’t hear help.

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Kid-Friendly Programming?

Feeble cast contributors from exhibits speed by Schneider talked in Restful on Space about either feeling unhappy at the time—or in hindsight—about a number of the costumes they contain been made to wear and varied wretched-out gags which can contain been of questionable taste nevertheless contain been televised for all Nickelodeon viewers to peep.

Leon Frierson, who was as soon as on All That from 1997 till 2000, recalled having to wear flesh-colored tights and underwear to play a superhero known as “Nostril Boy” with instruments that “seemed relish a penis and testicles on my shoulders.” In a single sketch, Nostril Boy sneezed and a glob of snot hit a lady in the face.

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For sure, slimy substances hitting ladies in the face was as soon as a repeat shaggy dog story in a necessity of Schneider’s exhibits, including Zoey 101, as pointed out in the ID sequence by Jamie Lynn Spears‘ costar Alexa Nikolas. (She and iCarly alum Jennette McCurdy are amongst the passe Nickelodeon actors who contain previously spoken out in opposition to the community for failing to provide protection to younger talent.)

“It was as soon as honest appropriate unhappy,” Frierson acknowledged in the sequence. But, he added, nobody realizing to bitch to Schneider. “It was as soon as principal to be on his appropriate aspect,” the now-37-300 and sixty five days-passe acknowledged of the All That creator-producer, “and he made it identified who was as soon as on his appropriate aspect.”

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A spokesperson for Schneider suggested E! News, “Everything that came about on the exhibits Dan ran was as soon as carefully scrutinized by dozens of alive to adults and authorized by the community. If there was as soon as an precise scenario with the scenes that every other folks, now years later, are ‘sexualizing,’ they would perhaps be taken down, nevertheless they’re no longer, they’re aired always all around the place the world right this moment time silent, enjoyed by each and every adolescents and oldsters.”

“Be aware, all tales, dialogue, costumes, and make-up contain been totally authorized by community executives on two coasts,” the fetch persevered. “A requirements and practices community read and finally authorized each and every script, and programming executives reviewed and authorized all episodes. In addition, each and on daily basis on each and every region, there contain been always oldsters and caregivers and their chums watching filming and rehearsals. Had there been any scenes or outfits that contain been contaminated in any device, they would contain been flagged and blocked by this multilayered scrutiny.  

“Sadly, some adults project their grownup minds onto adolescents’ exhibits, drawing erroneous conclusions about them.”

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Unrealistic Expectations

Katrina Johnson, who was as soon as on All That between 1994 and 1997 and didn’t act mighty after the aughts, shared small print from her time on the sketch repeat that the now-41-300 and sixty five days-passe is silent deal deal surprised by.

“In the end the producers known as my condo and spoke to my oldsters and acknowledged, ‘Hello, Katrina’s getting too fat. We already contain a fat one, she can’t be the fat one,'” she alleged in Restful on Space. Whereas her mother and pa stuck up for her, she added, “I imply, that stuck with me. ‘That you must perhaps well no longer be the fat one.’ I silent hear these words in my head to right this moment time.”

Rapidly after, Johnson acknowledged, she hit puberty and no longer seemed relish a kid, so she was as soon as finally “edged out…by a younger version of me.”

In relation to the assorted recollections in the ID sequence, Nickelodeon suggested NBC News in a press launch:

“Even though we are going to no longer corroborate or command allegations of behaviors from productions decades ago, Nickelodeon as a topic of policy investigates all formal complaints as phase of our commitment to fostering a gain and real office ambiance free of harassment or totally different forms of contaminated behavior. Our absolute best priorities are the smartly-being and most inspiring pursuits no longer honest appropriate of our workers, casts and crew, nevertheless of all adolescents, and now we contain adopted alternative safeguards over time to relieve be particular we reside as much as our have high requirements and the expectations of our viewers.”

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No longer the Correct Tone

Bryan Christopher Hearne, who was as soon as on seasons seven and eight of All That, was as soon as tasked with taking half in the youngest rapper of all time, “Lil Fetus,” one more persona requiring a skintight bodysuit. He acknowledged in the ID sequence that he overheard any individual on region negate that the “skin tone must be charcoal.” 

The crack made him “teary-eyed,” he recalled, nevertheless by then he was as soon as too anxious to protest his mother, Tracey Browne, who had already developed a recognition on region for being rapid to talk up in her son’s defense. Which, based totally on each and every Browne and Hearne in the docuseries, was as soon as frowned upon.

“I grew to alter into an oddball,” Browne acknowledged. On the the same time, she acknowledged, it didn’t hasten skipped over to her that her son was as soon as being requested to play Sunless stereotypes. Working instance, she acknowledged, Hearne taking half in the operate of a kid hustling Lady Scout-form cookies in the kind of somebody selling medication. 

Castmate Kyle Sullivan, though he known as out Schneider for being weirdly into goo-centric jokes, acknowledged in Restful on Space that he “on the total had an actual relationship with Dan.”

In Hearne’s realizing, on the other hand, Schneider “had a nicer relationship with a few of totally different white adolescents. My time on Nickelodeon played a giant phase in how I dealt and silent kind out racial points.”

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A spokesperson for Schneider diusputed this characterization, noting the producer’s “long history prominently that contains Sunless actors in his tv exhibits,” as smartly as his subsequent TV and movie projects with All That breakout stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.

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Two for the Mark of One

It wasn’t honest appropriate the adolescents who recall experiencing a poisonous work converse on these Schneider-speed exhibits, based totally on Restful on Space.

Jenny Kilgen acknowledged in the ID sequence that, when she and Christy Stratton contain been employed as writers on The Amanda Worth in 1999, they contain been requested to split a salary, as of their mixed salaries contain been equal to what one creator of their converse was as soon as speculated to create.

But, as Kilgen recalled, she was as soon as hungry for work and didn’t would in reality like to press her success by complaining. She also acknowledged she didn’t beat help when Schneider requested if he would perhaps perhaps presumably honest appropriate call her and Stratton “the ladies” in converse of by name.

Moreover, each and every females acknowledged, Schneider would create feedback about females no longer being silly, and he’d play demeaning pranks.

On one more event, when Schneider created the persona of “Penelope Taynt” for Bynes to play on The Amanda Worth, Stratton and Kilgen acknowledged he suggested them no longer to protest community mavens that the name was as soon as an supposed double entendre, they generally saved their mouths shut for peril of his wrath.

When Kilgen came upon that their split salary was as soon as in opposition to union rules, she suggested the Writers Guild of The United States. Kilgen acknowledged Schneider known as her at home and suggested her that, if he ever came upon if truth be told that she was as soon as the one who reported him, that she’d under no conditions work for Nickelodeon or any totally different Viacom-owned entity again.

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Restful on Space renowned: “Dan Schneider denies Jenny’s claims and states that he had no abet a watch on over salaries.”

A spokesperson for Schneider reiterated as mighty to E! News, noting The Amanda Worth was as soon as produced by a totally different firm (Tollin/Robbins), nevertheless even on exhibits he created, salaries “contain been controlled by the community and also by the WGA.”

As for these recollections of Schneider’s habits, “unfortunately writers’ rooms contain been usually off-coloration locations, particularly bigger than two decades ago,” the spokesperson acknowledged.
“Dan is amazingly sorry for his habits that contributed to that ambiance and he has grown a lot since then. That habits is clearly sinful and no longer for the office, and absolutely he would under no conditions act that device again.”

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The place Drake Bell Is Now

“I be aware all of the abusive events nevertheless, every thing outside of that, is terribly blurry to me,” Bell acknowledged in the sequence. “Which is a bummer because I skilled alternative huge issues in my life and my career at some level of all this time, nevertheless it was as soon as so overshadowed and ruined by what I was as soon as dealing with on the within.”

The actor, who shares a son with estranged wife Janet Von Schmeling (they separated in 2022), pleaded responsible in 2021 to one count each and every of attempted child endangerment and disseminating topic unpleasant to juveniles after exchanging texts with a minor. He was as soon as sentenced to neighborhood service and probation.

Bell acknowledged on his behalf in a video posted online that he’d exchanged “reckless and irresponsible” texts with a fan, no longer realizing the fan was as soon as a minor, nevertheless ceased verbal change as soon as he came upon. “I’d love to create sure,” he acknowledged, “there contain been no sexual photos, nothing physical between me and this particular particular person.”

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His have abilities as a teen “ended in alternative self-destruction and alternative self-loathing,” Bell acknowledged in the sequence. “I’d strive to honest appropriate discover away with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, essentially honest appropriate the leisure to discover away.” As for his 2021 arrest, “I took duty for that, did what was as soon as requested of me, nevertheless the media grabbed a defend of so mighty misinformation, and it totally destroyed me. And I started to creep out of abet a watch on.”

In April 2023 he was as soon as reported lacking in Daytona Seaside, Fla., nevertheless he grew to alter into up the following day and laughed it off. “You enable your phone in the vehicle and do not answer for the night time and this?” he tweeted at the time. Earlier that 300 and sixty five days, on the other hand, he had reportedly sought outpatient medication for substance abuse.

In the sequence, the Prepared Regular Hotfoot! artist acknowledged that if he’d “persevered down that direction,” it would perhaps perhaps presumably need been the head of him.

He hit “rock bottom,” he persevered, so he checked into medication, the place he in the end underwent bother and trauma remedy, “surrounded by other folks that for the first time in a in reality long time wished to honest appropriate notice me enhance.”

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Dan Schneider Would “Quit Issues In a different way”

Schneider’s speed at Nickelodeon ended in 2018 when the community canceled his sequence Sport Shakers after three seasons, whereas Henry Threat persevered on for a fifth. In a laudatory joint assertion referencing his “string of lasting, groundbreaking hits,” the community thanked the producer and his Schneider’s Bakery group for his or her “immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon,” whereas Schneider acknowledged they would “always live giant followers of the community.”

But reports rapid adopted that his ouster was as soon as the result of too many complaints made in regards to the prolific order creator’s habits in the put up-#MeToo era. (Four other folks with knowledge of the review suggested the Recent York Times in 2021 that an inner investigation sure that Schneider would perhaps perhaps presumably be verbally abusive nevertheless found no evidence of sexual misconduct.)

He acknowledged in a press launch to Restful on Space that “here is no longer any longer an actual description” of why he and Nickelodeon parted methods. “However,” he added, “right this moment time, I’d totally discover some issues in a different way. I’ve learned a lot over time in regards to the arrangement to be a larger boss.”

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