iCarly reboot – Sam’s absence explained: Why is Carly’s best friend not in new show?

AFTER nearly a decade-long break, iCarly is back for a reboot on Paramount+.

But many fans were probably surprised to see that Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy), Carly’s loyal best friend, is not part of the original cast members to make a comeback.

Sam, portrayed by Jennette McCurdy (left) has no intention of making an appearance in the iCarly reboot

Sam, portrayed by Jennette McCurdy (left) has no intention of making an appearance in the iCarly rebootCredit: Nickelodeon

Why is Sam not in the iCarly reboot?

Fans may also be disappointed to know that Jennette has no intention of making an appearance on the show either.

Speaking in a March, 2021, episode of her podcast, called Empty Inside, Jennette said that she was planning on skipping the reboot altogether as she has quit the entertainment industry.

“I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it”, she said, admitting she only accepted to take part in the Nickelodeon series to financially support her family.

“My family didn’t have a lot of money, and this was the way out, which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success.”

The former actress also went on to talk about the audition process, which she found particularly nerve-wracking.

“I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past. I resent my career in a lot of ways”, she added.

“I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing.”

“I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed.”

Jennette McCurdy has quit the entertainment industry

Jennette McCurdy has quit the entertainment industryCredit: Getty

How was her absence explained in reboot?

In its premiere, which aired this Thursday, 17 June, on Paramount+, the iCarly reboot gave the perfect explanation for Sam’s absence.

It featured a scene between Carly and Freddie, respectively portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove and Nathan Kress, explaining why their friend was not a part of their reunion.

According to them, Sam simply ran off with a biker gang called The Obliterators to follow her dreams.

“I just want to make things again”, says Carly. To which Freddie responds : “You don’t need a partner to do that.”

Prompting Carly to reply : “I don’t need a partner, I need Sam. But she’s off following her bliss with that biker gang.”

Freddie then says : “I hope she’s OK.” Leading to Carly to slip in a reply which perfectly sums up her sassy best friend’s strong character.

“It’s Sam. I hope they’re OK. I just wish she was here so we could do iCarly again.”

iCarly – Trailer for the Paramount+ reboot starring Miranda Cosgrove


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