The cast of iCarly have responded to the racist abuse new cast member Laci Mosley has received.
The popular Nickelodeon show is being rebooted for Paramount, with original stars Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor all returning.
Laci is a new addition, joining the show as Carly's best friend Harper, though some fans falsely thought Laci had been recast in the role of Sam Puckett after actress Jeanette McCurdy ruled out returning.
Laci took to Instagram Stories to share two of the comments she received, one of which included a racial slur. She wrote: "My sister telling me that she saw several videos about me on TikTok being racist as f**k broke my heart.
"Me and my sister are 13 years apart, she's like my child and her having to see this shit broke me. I don't know what's wrong with you people but you need to seek help."
She added: "I'm gonna thug it out y'all can't break me. I've been through too much. But f**k you weirdos, being a Black woman is so hard but so lit I'm gonna go harder you'll be mad forever."
Laci later apologised for her language, adding: "I shouldn't have been cursing in this response but I was really caught off guard by the onslaught of racist trolls. I deleted a lot of comments but they keep coming on every platform.
"Being a Black woman is exhausting. We all deserve better.
"I felt silly being upset by racism because it's just how this terrible planet is but sometimes it still catches me off guard."
Laci also shared a joint statement from iCarly and Paramount plus on her social media. It read: "iCarly are proud to be racially diverse, not only in our crew but in our cast.
"We have recently seen reports of racism towards a member of our iCarly cast, and it is not acceptable. Please think about your words and take time to understand what you say can impact other people. Thank you."
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