‘All That’ Stars Say Dan Schneider Asked For Support Before Doc

Giovonnie Samuels and Bryan Hearne - YouTube, Good Morning America

Quiet On Set: Breaking the Silence featured an all-new interview with All That cast members Giovonnie Samuels and Bryan Hearne. The two individuals also participated in the first four episodes of the explosive docuseries. In the fifth surprise episode, the pair sat down with host Soledad O’Brien to talk about Dan Schneider’s apology interview. They held nothing back. Keep scrolling to read what they revealed.

All That Cast Reacts To Dan Schneider’s Apology

Since the release of Quiet On Set, Dan Schneider has released several statements. He denies that he was ever “sexualizing” any of the child actors that he worked with.

Schneider released a 20-minute interview on his own YouTube channel diving into the allegations. He said, “Every one of those jokes was written for a kid audience because kids thought they were funny.” The former Nickelodeon producer also said that he supports the decision to remove any scenes adults find inappropriate in reruns.

Giovonnie Samuels pointed out that she never felt like any of the jokes were ever funny, even as a child. She just went along with everything because the adults that were present were laughing, and she did not want to lose her job at the time.

Bryan Hearne - YouTube/Inside Edition
YouTube/Inside Edition

Bryan Hearne also spoke out about Dan Schneider‘s post-documentary interview. “The thing about his interview as a whole, I thought it was funny. If I could be candid, Dan was an actor before all of this,” he said. “I think that he brushed off some chops and gave us a nice performance. Where was all of this apologizing when Jennette McCurdy’s book came out?”

The former All That star continued, “I just feel that, what’s an apology without accountability? Realistically, if you take the inappropriate jokes away, do you have a show anymore? If you take all the foot jokes, take all the face shots, all that inappropriateness [away], is it just commercials then?”

Both Hearne and Samuels were asked if they felt “tokenized” by the production team on All That. “Yes,” Giovonnie Samuels responded. “It was very evident from the first day, it was just the two of us.”

Dan Schneider Reached Out To Giovonnie Samuels For Support

On top of opening up about their thoughts and feelings regarding Dan Schneider’s “performance” apology, Samuels revealed that she recently communicated with Dan.

“I got a phone call. He reached out a week before the documentary aired. He asked if I could give a quote of support. He knew I was in the documentary for a year,” she said.

Giovonnie Samuels - YouTube/Inside Edition
YouTube/Inside Edition

“He was like, ‘I love Gio, she’s great, she’s nice, she could tell my side.’ I don’t know what you want. He asked — because I did come back to do ‘Henry Danger’ — he was like, ‘You had a good time on set, right? Right?’” Samuels continued.  “I told him I was terrified of him… I said, ‘You had the power to make people stars, and I was intimidated by you. I wanted to do a good job.'”

Quiet On Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV is available to stream on Max.

Amanda Blankenship

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