What's Sam not returning to iCarly? Jennette McCurdy won't reprise her role in the 2021 reboot, so let us get her absence explained.


There are plenty of shows that are able to transport audiences back to their own childhood, and when you grew up in the late 2000s and early 2010s then it's likely the iCarly possesses this power.

Created by Dan Schneider, the US teen sitcom premiered on Nickelodeon back in 2007 and ran for six seasons up until the final episode -- appropriately titled'iGoodbye' -- at November 2012.

The series has earned a cult following over the last few years and lovers were thrilled to hear this a revival series was at the works.

However, fans are already bummed out about a first cast member's absence. So, why is Sam not returning to iCarly?

The actress who portrayed Sam -- Jennette McCurdy -- won't come back in the reboot because she has given up acting.
On a 2021 installment of the Empty Interior podcast with Anna Faris that the 28-year-old explained she left this profession behind a couple of years back so that she could break into writing and directing instead.

In fact, she revealed she never really wanted to get into acting when she was younger:"I had been the main financial support for my loved ones. My family did not have a great deal of cash, which was how out... always, always, always, acting was hard for me."

She addresses that she left acting supporting after the passing of her mom in 2013,"as with her passing kind of died lots of her thoughts for my entire life, which has been its journey, and a hard one for certain."

Though iCarly was not specifically addressed, Jennette proposed She's still embarrassed by her work on the series:

"I'm so ashamed of these parts I have done previously. I chased my livelihood in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I felt and played as though it was the most cheesy, awkward... My buddies at 15, they are not like,'Oh, cool, you are on this Nickelodeon show.' It was embarrassing."

She has not signed on to this revival and it's uncertain whether or how this will be addressed within the episodes.