Former “Kenan & Kel” star Kenan Thompson is speaking out about the recent release of “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.” The Investigation Discovery docuseries features an interview with ex-Nickelodeon actor Drake Bell, who alleges that former dialogue coach Brian Peck sexually abused him as a child star at the network. Dan Schneider, known for his work on shows like “All That” and “Kenan & Kel,” is also implicated in creating a toxic work environment at Nickelodeon. Thompson, who also appeared on “All That,” expressed his support for the docuseries, calling it a “good thing” for sharing stories that need to be told for accountability’s sake.

During an appearance on the “Tamron Hall” show, Thompson shared that the allegations are difficult for him to discuss, as they revolve around events that occurred after he had left Nickelodeon. He acknowledged that he was not aware of the negative experiences that his former co-stars may have faced, as his interactions with Schneider were limited. Thompson emphasized the importance of creating a safe space for children in the entertainment industry and called for further investigation into the allegations raised in “Quiet on Set.”

Thompson’s comments on the show echoed those made by other former Nickelodeon child stars, including Josh Peck, Alexa Nikolas, and Allie DiMeco. The docuseries, which has sparked conversations about child safety in the industry, is set to release a fifth episode titled “Breaking the Silence” on April 7. Thompson expressed his sympathy for anyone who has been victimized and their families, highlighting the need for accountability and justice in such cases.

In response to the allegations, Hall mentioned that she reached out to Schneider’s team for comment, and they directed her to a response posted on YouTube. She also noted that the production company behind the docuseries claimed to investigate all allegations. Thompson urged for further investigation, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a safe environment for young actors. He emphasized his concern for those who have experienced trauma and stated that his heart goes out to them.

As the conversation on child safety in the entertainment industry continues, Thompson’s statements serve as a call to action for holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring the protection of child actors. The support from former Nickelodeon stars and the release of “Quiet on Set” shed light on the need for transparency and accountability in addressing allegations of abuse and misconduct. With Thompson and others speaking out, the hope is that the industry will take steps to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future and prioritize the well-being of young performers.

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