Spongebob is not being canceled

Rumors regarding the cancellation of popular SpongeBob Squarepants have circulated for years. Two recent surges of the rumor have been especially prominent. Today we'll take a look at recent rumors regarding the cancellation of SpongeBob Squarepants.

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Spongebob is not being canceled. 

Let’s take a look at two recent rumors which have made this assertion.

December 2013 – January 2014

The following graphic which claimed the popular series would be canceled on January 28, 2014 was heavily shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus in December 2013 and January 2014:


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.

Mid-2014 Rumors

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 and mid-2014.

November 2014 Satire

The lowbrow “satire” website Huzlers posted a story in November 2014 which reported the cancellation of SpongeBob due to legal troubles faced by voice actor Tom Kenny. Huzlers is a self-proclaimed “satirical entertainment” site which publishes false, tabloid-style shocking news. Huzlers encouraged readers to use the hashtag #spongebobcancelled in order to promote their false story.

The Huzlers report is completely untrue.

Google History

As you can see in the Google Trends chart below, rumors of the cancellation of SpongeBob have had several surges over the years, most prominently in December 2013.

Bottom Line

SpongeBob Squarepants is not being canceled, despite a variety of rumors that state otherwise. A SpongeBob movie is currently in the works, slated for release in 2015.

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  • fatg

    Aww man :(

  • Christian

    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.

    • waffles

      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.

    • larry

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

      • Claire

        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.

    • John

      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

        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

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

  • Buster Kreton

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

    • Wendy

      I love Spongebob. I have been watching it since approximately 2003…..and I’m 35!

      • Kenneth Arbuckle

        That just means you have bad taste. There are better cartoons than Spongebob.

    • William

      Ah, we got someone acting like they’re speaking for everyone eh? I find those people AWFULLY annoying!

  • Spongebob lovr

    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.

    • Kenneth Arbuckle

      Spongebob is ending. Get over it.

    • Anonymous

      @Spongebob lovr #cringeworthy

  • Kalynn combs

    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?!

    • Anonymous

      Apparently they were originally going to cancel it in 2005. (When the show went rotten)

  • Katiebugg

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

  • 90s kid

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

  • High School Student

    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

    • Kenneth Arbuckle

      This show hasn’t been popular since 2009.

  • Christopher

    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.

  • Divergent freak

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    • Eve

      *hits ‘Like’ button*

    • Alex Rodriguez

      Lol…you should really consider watching less of spongebob and concentrate in learning how to spell.

      • Anonymous

        They should’ve cancelled it after the movie….that show is BEGGING to be put out of its misery.

  • Spongeboblvr

    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

  • Esperanza

    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!

  • Eve

    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

    • Anonymous

      What if I told you that I grew up with the classic Spongebob, and as a kid, I almost always got straight A’s? But if you’re talking about the post-movie episodes, then I agree with you.

  • promise

    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!

  • anonymous

    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!

    • Kenneth Arbuckle

      They obviously will cancel it. The show is crap and deserves to go off the air.

  • bex donelly

    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?

  • saniya

    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

    • saniya

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

  • bex donelly

    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

  • Po Ping the Dragon Warrior

    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.

  • Po Ping the Dragon Warrior

    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.

  • Buster Brown

    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.

  • Kenneth Arbuckle

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

    • anniebannani

      Um. That ain’t true. Adventure time is the stupidest show on earth.

  • Kenneth Arbuckle

    Yes it is.

  • Aaron Borden

    Okay Kenneth arbuckle tell me how in the freaking world is adventure time better that show is the most retarded show I’ve ever watched and I’m a big fan if nick and without spongebob then nick is nothing and Danny phantom was a great show and maybe even better then spongebob but adventure time sucks at life and hey spongebob will go out in a good Big Bang with a episode so good it will be like an old episode

  • Lorenzo Montoya

    Nickelodeon needs a new era of entertainment, urgently.