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