Nickelodeon stars Drake and Josh were never really besties
If you grew up watching Drake and Josh to Nickelodeon like we did, hearing the name alone will hit you with a wave of nostalgia. The latest scoop on the two stars, however, will bring you back to reality. Josh Peck has finally broken his silence on his feud with former costar Drake Bell which began when he chose not to invite his on-screen half-brother to his 2017 wedding. were “never so close”.
“I didn’t invite him to my wedding and the internet went crazy,” Peck recalled in an episode of the BFFs podcast released on March 17. He explained that he had a small wedding and since he and Bell had not spoken in many years, he decided not to invite her. He called their lack of communication a “dirty little secret” that he hid from the world so as not to disappoint fans.
“Cut, I’m getting married that night. And I see these texts of him cursing me, picking me up…on my wedding night,” Peck said. He also referred to Bell’s tweets from that night as a false narrative. Bell had shared – and quickly deleted – a series of indirect tweets airing his grievances towards Peck. “When you’re not invited to the wedding, the message is clear… True colors came out today. The message is loud and clear. The ties are officially cut. I will miss you brother,” he said. -he writes.
Fans were heartbroken to see the iconic on-screen duo go their separate ways so publicly and there was a lot of disappointment in Peck and his wife Paige O’Brien. This bothered Peck because his wife is a private person and was “getting trashed on the internet” for no reason.
Peck said he declined to comment, adding that he couldn’t explain to the public that the two were “never so close” because he didn’t want to be “the bearer of bad news.”
But a few months later, the two reunited at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) and seemingly reconciled their friendship. The two shared a cute photo of them embracing, captioned with an apt Drake and Josh reference, “Kiss me…”.
Peck invited Bell to make an appearance on one of his vlogs titled “DRAKE AND JOSH REUNION” that same year, and they seemed to have cleared the air between them, but Peck went backstage and revealed that he there was more to the story than what fans saw.
He said he approached Bell at the VMAs and asked him to apologize to his wife “or something bad is going to happen”, to which Bell responded by apologizing to O’Brien.
Peck also claimed their exchange at the VMAs was “pretty much” the last communication they had. “We were kids,” he said. “Obviously there were times when we were closer than not, but inevitably when the show ended, I mean, we were just totally different kids.”
Bell was charged with attempted child endangerment and misdemeanor child pornography involving a 15-year-old girl in June 2021. FOX 8 in Cleveland reported that Bell allegedly “had an inappropriate conversation with the victim which, at times, was sexual in nature.” Bell pleaded guilty to one count of broadcasting material harmful to minors and one count of attempting to endanger children.