'Sam & Cat' not renewed: Are Jennette McCurdy's racy pics to blame?

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It's a tumultuous time for Nickelodeon, which is faces with one of it's most popular shows possibly going away. The network has yet to renew "Sam & Cat" for a second season, following a 40 episode Season . That revelation comes shortly after scandalous photos of one of the stars, Jennette McCurdy, appeared online.

The relationship between McCurdy and Nickelodeon seems strained at best, with the actress sitting out Sunday's "Kids Choice Awards," where "Sam & Cat" won the award for Favorite Show. When asked by fans why she skipped the awards show, McCurdy tweeted, "I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me." 

She later clarified, "It has to do with how nickelodeon treated me" and had nothing to do with the photos.

A source tells TMZ that money is at the heart of the matter. McCurdy is reportedly unhappy with her paycheck, which is said to be much smaller than co-star Ariana Grande's. Whether true or not, a second season of the hit show isn't in the cards just yet.

A rep for Nickelodeon tells TMZ, "We have nothing but the utmost respect for Jennette and her talent." The network also released a statement concerning rumors that they've outright canceled the show. 

According to EW, the statement reads, "We are wrapping up what was an unusually long production cycle of 'Sam & Cat', and everyone is understandably tired. We are going into our production hiatus next week which will give everyone on the show a much-needed rest."

There's still no word on how long the hiatus will last, or if Nickelodeon will, in fact, renew "Sam & Cat" for a second season. 
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