Spongebob is not being canceled

A rumor circulating since December 2013 states that the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series SpongeBob Squarepants would be canceled in early 2014. The hashtag #SaveSpongebob briefly trended in the first week of December 2013, prompting the television network to directly respond to the allegations.

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Spongebob is not being canceled. 

The following graphic which claimed the popular series would be canceled on January 28, 2014 was heavily shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus:


Nickelodeon confirmed in a tweet on December 11, 2013 that the #SaveSpongebob campaign was “Nothing more than a hoax.” The network also confirmed that “We’ve got new episodes in 2014 and the movie coming out 2015.”


SpongeBob Squarepants debuted in 1999 and has generated billions in merchandise and advertising revenue for Nickelodeon. The title character has been voiced by Tom Kenny since its inception. Kenny has also been the subject of various internet hoaxes over the years, including a “death hoax” which circulated in January 2013.

Rumors continue in 2014

Despite Nick’s denial, and the passing of the rumored January 28, 2014 deadline, rumors of SpongeBob’s alleged cancellation continued to circulate in early 2014.

Bottom Line
SpongeBob Squarepants is not being canceled. This is simply a rumor which Nickelodeon has denied.

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131 Comments on Spongebob is not being canceled

  1. Jordan Reynolds // December 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm // Reply

    i smell 4chan all over this…. 4chan is the source of alot of internet hoaxes such as the one about ios7 making your iphone watterproof and shock proof

  2. Co-creator of SB // December 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    Here’s something for everyone to think about (from a “business” perspective:) In the beginning many of the shows team (and Nick execs) had doubts that the show would ever take off. Obviously it has amassed a fortune in revenue for not only Nick but also retailers worldwide. Lets look at this further. The show has created jobs. A (very small) example- the folks who print the t-shirts, the magazines, make the stuffed “dolls”, etc. The companies that ship those products, the stores that sell them… Another market, the sponsor spots that run during the program slot. SB is too large of a money making machine to simply cancel! Just as The Simpsons, SB does not have human characters who will get older, change their look, demand more $$ in their contract, etc. It continues to be a perfect $$ making “machine” for hundreds of thousands, it is a great brand and has many great brands within it, all making lots of $$. Nick will never just cancel the show as long as it is making profit, which I do not see happening. Why? Because even as lovers, former lovers and even haters of the show grow up, there are new generations (and SB lovers) being born every day! SB will be around for a long long time!…. With this said keep in mind that I was part of the original SB team from the creation (not conception- big difference) until 2004, leaving shortly after SH retired, kind of. lol ….. In my “personal opinion” I like the episodes from 05-08 much better than any other period of the series. I feel that the story lines were still very fresh and the graphics and technology had just gone through great improvements, and remember this is after I was gone. I still have nothing bad to say, everyone at Nick and the team love making Spongebob for the fans, we don’t pay a bit of attention to the haters, let them have their say and don’t let their words hurt you! In closing, Spongebob is NOT going anywhere for a VERY VERY long time!

  3. Hallelujah I was crying cuz I got so scared
    I’m obsessed with that show. Spongebob is my husband like I married him.

  4. timmari august // December 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm // Reply

    Thank the lord!!!!!

  5. I’m one of the few people who likes the new SpongeBob episodes. Everyone seems to hate the new episodes. I guess they can’t really compare with the classic episodes, but I still think they’re good.

  6. Spongebob never gets old i didn’t believe my online friend when he said spongebob is ending on 1/14

  7. TheWaddlerGamer // January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm // Reply

    It cant be canceled because on the start of 2015 the 2nd movie is coming out.

  8. Liz- spongebob fan from birth (1999) // January 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    Guys, I agree that Spongebob WAS a fantastic show. I would like the show to continue airing only for rerun episodes before the spongebob movie. However, when I watch these new episodes, I can’t help but go into another room because they are that incredibly bad. I feel as if the new writers hired after the spongebob movie just don’t give us the “right kind of spongebob”. As an example, older spongebob episodes make v

  9. Aww man :(

  10. I WISH IT WOULD CANCEL!!!!!!!! Spongebob has been nothin but bad episodes since 2008. The episodes arnt funny like they use to be the first seasons are classic and now they suck. What gets me angry is that a show can survive with putting out like 5 new episodes A YEAR. We all remember when the movie first came out the show stopped because it was focusing on the movie and back then spongebob was still young and fresh now (like an actual teenager) is 14 going on 15 with a new movie around the corner which is gonna suck by the way( I mean what could they possible do, and let me remind you this was suppose to come out in 2013 in the summer. I’m fine with all the merchandise out thier but if the show can’t atleast get one episode out 1 a month it should be cancelled. Yes shows take brakes like the animation domination in the spring and summer but they come back with a CONSTANT STREAM OF EPISODES!!!!!! Not one week of new episodes that gives 14 11 minuet cartoons and thier won’t be another one untill 4 months later and it will be a “special” oh thier special Alright. 30 min episodes used to be a holy grail but now thier not for spongebob. Remember the good ones like Atlantis Squarepantis (which had its own game) Gary’s Come Home, and UGH. Those were good but now we get sled races with claymation monsters. I wish the show could live up to its standards but it dosent. A lot of people feel the same but the rest of the world is just to stupid like the show to see how bad it’s gotten and its not worth the bother. And the last thing ill say is, bringing up the episode time spacing, they take months to do a couple But other shows like South Park, simpsons, Family Guy, Duck Dynasty, Heck the shows on disney junior have newer episodes then spongebob. But what makes me so mad is after all these facts HE STILL WINS THE KCA EACH YEAR IT’S STUPID GIVE IT TO A MORE DESERVING SHOW LIKE ADVENTURE TIME. Anyways I know half of you agree with me and the others want to strangle me like the strangler (if you don’t know who that is my point is provin) but I could give less about that half cause thier blinded by the dumbness that used to be one of the greatest kids shows on tv. (Spongebob is the only thing keeping nick alive, nick is to stupid to make a good show like the old days like Jimmy Neutron, My life as a Teenage Tobot, Rugrats, and Ren And Stimpy. If spongebob goes so does nick and I would be fine with that because think about it their newest show Breadwinners, ducks delivering bread?? No that’s a bad idea. And thier last attempt Robot and Monster was cancelled BEFORE IT EVEN AIRED. So I hope I’ve opened yours eyes and show you how nick is holding on by ( as the AVGN would say) A STRAND OF BUFFALO DUMP.

    • If memory serves correct, the movie was going to be the end of SpongeBob, but Nick didn’t want it to end, which is when the show began to change due to the addition of new writers and producers. One notable change in recent years is the addition of generic-sounding “cartoon music” which has mostly replaced the Hawaiian-themed music of earlier seasons.

    • If you hate the show so much why do you watch in the first place dumass

      • Wow Larry you clearly read that whole comment. You know, it wasn’t about how the show is great but the NEW episodes are bad or anything like that.

    • Maybe Nickolodean can’t come up with anymore ideas because they use a lot of ideas towards other shows that they have to work on. Just because u think that the episodes are dumb, that doesn’t make them dumb. Think about it. They have like over 10 shows and they have to constantly produce ideas. So many shoes, but not enough ideas.

    • Well i would just like to say that mostly you have valid points. Except
      Spongebob is not that bad and Adventure Time sucks so much i literally get in a bad mood all day.

      • Alex Rodriguez // February 12, 2014 at 7:38 am // Reply

        Adventure Time is crap I agree…but my opinion…I think The Amazing World of Gumball is a WHOOOLE lot funnier than Spongebob.

        • Kenneth Arbuckle // April 7, 2014 at 9:06 am // Reply

          SpongeBob sucks. Adventure Time is a better cartoon than either Gumball or Spongebob. Everybody loves Adventure Time.

      • Kenneth Arbuckle // April 7, 2014 at 9:04 am // Reply

        What are you talking about? Adventure Time is the greatest cartoon ever. Spongebob Squarepants is just pure crap.

  11. Buster Kreton // January 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm // Reply

    Nobody likes Spongebob anymore. Not even children. There are better cartoons on T.v.

  12. Spongebob lovr // January 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    I am so glad sponhebob isn’t ending!!!! I was counting down on my calendar and all I ever watch on tv is spongebob! All of my recordings is spongebob spongebob a spongebob. I kept telling myself not to cry on that day but looks like now I don’t have to! Now I can’t wait till 2015.

  13. Kalynn combs // January 20, 2014 at 7:26 am // Reply

    Oh my gosh! I am so happy! When my mom said spongebob was being canceled i felt like my childhood memories were erased. I am so glad spongebob will live to see another day! P.S. Can you PLEASE make more episodes?!

  14. Why would somebody want to scare us like this?!?!?!

  15. Ervin Zayon Sande' Page // January 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm // Reply


  16. None of you grammar murderers are getting into college (or out of high school for that matter.)

  17. High School Student // January 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm // Reply

    Im 16, this show has been popular my entire life, even now most of the people in my large school who are able to, are avid watchers of spongebob because we grew up with it. Heh even if we have seen every episode a thousand times! XD

  18. I agree with the long rant above but to take this in a small perspective…….cartoons now just are bad. The only good things I can keep my self to watch are Cartoon Network stuff like adventure time, regular show, and Steven universe (which actually is looking like it could be the next Chowder) but anyways. The show use to be funny and all 3 channels were at the top of the line but disney started switching to more live action. CN lost most of its good shows or actually finshed them. But nick……nick just slowly started having its body torn apart peice by peice untill nothing was left but spongebob as the heart. Without a functioning brain nick can’t make good shows anymore like Ren and Stimpy or invader zim. Every sad attempt just ends up with nick toons taking it into the bucket of bad shows and keeps it thier locked away. I used to like spongebob but just can’t enjoy it because of the level of comedy it’s reached. It’s come to the point where my own son dosent watch it anymore and he would rather watch the classic Cartoon Network tapes I have. That’s what nick should do is cut its loses and start showing nothing but the old shows. I don’t hate spongebob I’m just disappointed that my late childhood is gone.

  19. Divergent freak // January 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm // Reply

    They should seriously cancel sb its the worst show on tv i dont even like to watch tv anymore its gotten so stupid and all animated i definatley dont care if nick shuts down or if spongebob dies like shake it up or good luck charlie see those have gone down the toilet just like spongebob hes old news my little brother dosent even watch it anymore he said its lame and hes 5 im sticking to reading books now and u should try it read the fault in the stars, divergent ,hg, the giver , any good books i suggest this books are getting better than tv so i feel they should CANCEL SPONGEBOB NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Spongeboblvr // January 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    I am so glad Spongbob is not getting canceled. I have watched it since I was… well, for all my life. If it cancels I might die of crying

  21. casey roberts // January 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm // Reply


  22. I actually cried when I heard this rumor and now I’m just so happy that it’s all just a hoax from the haters!

  23. I just want to say this;
    Im not a spongebob fan more over there has been a study with thos show half the childeren wached sponebob the other half didnt you wanna know what happend? The half who watched spongebob scored lower on the same tests the childeren who didnt watch it did. Dont belive me look it up i dare you. All in all spongebob make kids stupid and anyone with a brain should wish for it to end so their childeren wont fail in school and so on.
    Thats it thats all i gotta say

  24. I grew up watching Spongebob I have a full time job and I’m 19 years old and I enjoy coming home watching a classic show that I grew up to.. I was devastated with the thought of Spongebob being cancelled. I love spongebob and can’t wait for the new movie!

  25. So happy they’re not canceling it, but I wish the new episodes would get a bit better – and a bit more frequent. Lately, every single episode is a special, and they make a new one every month or two. Make some normal episodes!

  26. Sponge Bob has been going on since 1999 and it just isn’t the same anymore I use to love the show when I was growing up but there are other good cartoons out there like Danny Phantom, Growing Up Creepie and many other cartoons that were taken off nick so take It into thought will sponge bob ever be the same or will it never be seen again?

  27. my youth i miss the old spongebob ever since i was 6 it came on i loved i back then and ill love it now

    • i almost cried when my bff emily and the iconic boyz and tobeone told me praise the lord for this mirical im 18

  28. bex donelly // March 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm // Reply

    If sponge bob was given another chance the least they can do is sort out the episodes and the way the charcters are acting for example mr krabs is more greedy, patrick is more stupider not in the funny way, plankton appears too much and sandy hardly appears in some of the episodes, and squidward is getting more aggressive I think it would be better if sponge bob was taken off, if sponge bob comes off then nick goes down with the fandom

  29. Po Ping the Dragon Warrior // March 30, 2014 at 5:27 am // Reply

    I deeply apologize to all of Spongebob fans, but I just cant STAND that show.I am 10 years old and I just loathe that show, I barely watch it. Now a REALLY GOOD show all of you people should start watching is Kung Fu Panda. KFP RULES!!! It totally needs more recognition, thumbs up if you agree.

  30. Po Ping the Dragon Warrior // April 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm // Reply

    Nah, Spongebob isn’t really that good. Kung Fu Panda is still better, it needs more episodes, don’t you think? I was bummed beyond belief when it lost the KCA!!! I mean, seriously, don’t you think Po is 50x better than Spongebob? I’m sorry, Spongebob fans, please don’t resent me for saying this, but it’s the truth.

  31. Buster Brown // April 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm // Reply

    How is this awful shiw still on the air? Nobody has watched it since 2009. There have been other, better shows to air since the beginning of the decade. Let this garbage die with dignity.

  32. Kenneth Arbuckle // April 7, 2014 at 8:42 am // Reply

    Spongebob Squarepants sucks. Adventure Time is a way better show. Whoever thinks otherwise is a moron.

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