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Marc Summers walked out of Nickelodeon doc interview: ‘They ambushed me’



Former Nickelodeon personality Marc Summers claims the “Quiet on Set” producers ambushed him and lied about the details of the documentary when they interviewed him.

Speaking on “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” the former “Double Dare” host recalled walking out of his interview during production after discovering the documentary was about the toxic environment and abuse at the network in the ’90s.

“They asked me what I thought of Nick, and the first 10 to 12 seconds, from what I understand, in this documentary is me saying all these wonderful things. But they did a bait and switch on me,” Summers says in a soundbite from the interview published Thursday. The full interview is set to drop on Friday.

“They ambushed me. They never told me what this documentary was really about. And so they showed me a video of something that I couldn’t believe was on Nickelodeon. And I said, ‘Well, let’s stop the tape right here. What are we doing?’” he adds.

Investigation Discovery’s new exposé, “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV,” released its first episode on March 17 and has elicited a range of reactions from former child actors and others who were involved in Nickelodeon’s early years.

Former actor Drake Bell revealed in the documentary that he was sexually abused by dialogue coach Brian Peck during his time with the network, while many others detailed a culture of abuse and inappropriate conduct.

Summers, who served as host of the game show “Double Dare” from 1986 to 1993, said he never worked with producer Dan Schneider, who was at the center of many of the documentary’s allegations.

“Those people came in after and took over our studios,” he said. “I never met the man. I have no idea about any of those things.”

When Summers became aware of the producers’ angle, he said he walked off the set and later received a phone call from the show explaining that they were only going to be using clips of him saying positive things about Nickelodeon.

However, when the show aired, Summers came to find they had also used footage of him reacting to suggestive scenes they showed him from Nickelodeon programs that starred child actors.

“I didn’t know anybody. But it made it seem like I knew those people,” Summers adds.

He said that he had a phone call scheduled Thursday with the producers to discuss the matter.

“Quiet on Set” is set to release a fifth bonus episode on Sunday, which will air on ID and stream on Max.



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