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Melissa Joan Hart Supports ‘Quiet on Set’ Abuse Allegations

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Melissa Joan Hart, known for her role in Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All,” recently voiced her support for the victims who made allegations against the network in the documentary “Quiet on Set.” Despite not experiencing similar treatment herself, Hart stated unequivocally, “I absolutely trust them, believe them, 100 percent.”

During a recent episode of the “Meghan McCain Has Entered the Chat” podcast, Hart, now 47, shared her perspective on the matter. She mentioned that while she hadn’t watched the documentary yet, her experience with Nickelodeon during her time on “Clarissa Explains It All” was nothing but positive. Hart portrayed the titular character from 1991 to 1994, a period when the network was thriving.

Reflecting on her time with Nickelodeon, Hart suggested that the differences in location might have played a role. She spent most of her time in Orlando, away from the Hollywood scene, and felt that executives were less present compared to their New York counterparts. Hart emphasized that her experience in Florida was fantastic, surrounded by a supportive crew and cast who made her feel safe.

However, she acknowledged that the network might have pushed child actors harder in Florida due to the state’s “right to work” laws. Despite this, Hart emphasized the positive aspects of her experience, highlighting the caring environment fostered by her colleagues.

The “Quiet on Set” documentary, which aired on Max, featured former child stars and crew members speaking out about negative experiences on the sets of various Nickelodeon shows, including those produced by Dan Schneider. It addressed allegations of abuse, sexism, and racism, prompting a response from Nickelodeon and Schneider himself.

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In response to the claims made in the documentary, Nickelodeon issued a statement expressing its commitment to investigating all formal complaints to ensure a safe and professional workplace environment. Schneider also addressed the allegations in a YouTube video interview, expressing regret for past behaviors and acknowledging the need for change.

Since the documentary’s release, other Nickelodeon alumni, including Kenan Thompson, have spoken out about their experiences. Thompson, who starred on “All That” during the mid-’90s, expressed sympathy for the victims while acknowledging that his experience differed from theirs.

Overall, while Hart’s personal experience with Nickelodeon was positive, she stands in solidarity with the victims who have bravely come forward to share their stories, emphasizing the importance of creating safe environments for child actors in the entertainment industry.