Ariana Grande is speaking out about the abrupt cancellation of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat.
On Sunday, July 13, the 21-year-old singer-actress took to Twitter with an official statement about the network’s decision.
“I felt it wasn’t my place to make any sort of announcement, so I kept quiet until now,” she tweeted to fans.
“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.”
The “Problem” singer expressed what the role of Cat Valentine personally meant to her. While most fans probably viewed Grande’s television performance as just the portrayal of a fictitious character, she shared a different perspective of it.
Since the Yours Truly singer is constantly a target for scrutiny and criticism about her style and appearance, she explained how she could personally relate to her character on the show.
“I will always hold Cat near and dear to my heart and appreciate her help in my personal growth from teenager to adult,” Grande wrote. “I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life I just wanted to express my appreciation for her and share some of the things I love most about her.”
So the news is out about Sam & Cat. I felt it wasn’t my place to make any sort of announcement so I kept (cont) http://t.co/HLWtBpiCqJ
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 13, 2014
Grande went on to share a few comparisons between her and her character. “I think a lot of people could take a page out of her book…… she wouldn’t judge anybody by their appearance…. she believed the best in people…. she wasn’t afraid of anything or anybody…. she never let people’s judgments hold her back from doing what she wanted,” Grande explained.
Although the series quickly became a huge success for the network, rumors began circulating earlier this year about alleged conflicts between Grande and her co-star, Jennette McCurdy. The network filmed 36 of the 40 episodes that were ordered before the show was put on hiatus.
Back in April, Nickelodeon released a statement to Deadline announcing the cancellation of the series. “Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of ‘Sam & Cat.’ We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast, and we wish them all the best, the network wrote.
The series finale of Sam & Cat is scheduled to air on Thursday, July 17.
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