Is SpongeBob getting cancelled in 2014? A viral rumor that the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, SpongeBob Squarepants would be canceled on January 28, 2014 has been flying around social media for nearly a week now. Fortunately for all you '90s kids out there, that rumor is completely false. SpongeBob is not being cancelled. In fact, new episodes and a 2015 SpongeBob movie are in the works.
It is unclear how the rumor that SpongeBob would soon be canceled started, but it didn't take long for the news to go viral as two photos sharing the alleged cancellation date surfaced along with a #SaveSpongeBob hashtag which trended on and off through the week. After receiving questions on Twitter regarding the possible cancellation of SpongeBob Square Pants, Nickelodeon reps made it clear that the story was nothing more than a hoax.
@NickelodeonTV is it true that spongebob is getting cancelled? My life will be over:(
— Ryan Nunziata (@RyanNunziata) December 19, 2013
@kmb_jr @NickelodeonTV @Derpey YES spongebob for life — Dillion Ochier (@Ochier23) December 12, 2013
2014's gonna be awesome: We've got new @SpongeBob episodes airing and we'll be working full time on the 2015 SpongeBob movie! :)
— Nickelodeon (@NickelodeonTV) December 13, 2013
Even with Nickelodeon confirming, however, that the show would not be ending anytime in the near future, people are still re-tweeting the photos and sharing the false information. In addition, a Facebook page called "SpongeBob can't be cancelled" was set up to protest the end of the long running cartoon. Social media is notorious for helping viral hoaxes get out of hand as every time someone asks the question, "Is SpongeBob getting canceled?" several more retweet it, or allege the rumor is true without doing any research to verify. The best thing to do if you see a rumor such as the Sponge Bob cancellation rumor floating around social media is not to say anything at all. Don't throw a question out into the cosmic void of Twitter. Go on to Google and search for more information. If no major news sources are reporting the story, it's very likely fake. In the meantime, if you see anyone sharing the rumor that Spongebob Squarepants is being canceled on January 28, 2014, perhaps share this article so they can have the correct facts.
@NickelodeonTV PLEASE DONT CANCEL SPONGEBOB!! I WILL DIE INSIDE IF YOU DO!! :'( #savespongebob pic.twitter.com/wXwzDyzE1S — Sky Rya (@skyryam) December 19, 2013
My son is going to be broken hearted... #savespongebob
— Miss. Anaya (@missanaya8503) December 19, 2013
Nick can not cancel spongebob it is the only 90's cartoon still on. #savespongebob — HockeyFootballLover (@Sexy_Lexi_Style) December 19, 2013
— taylor slogar (@tslog6) December 19, 2013
ok. hi. I just was informed spongebob is getting cancelled in January. why would they do that? it's the only thing left from the 90s. — ratchet dragon (@brennmore) December 19, 2013
what is this bs that spongebob is being cancelled
— Sean Pendell (@PendeSea) December 19, 2013
Just heard that spongebob might be cancelled on January of next month!!! #pleaseno #savespongebob he's my favorite cartoon! :( — Bethany D. Russell (@smilyface11) December 19, 2013
sponge bob is getting cancelled <<<
— THEY C U Qita. (@NvrCaredNvrWill) December 19, 2013
"@BellaBelllaaa: I don't think anyone will understand how mad I will be if Spongebob gets cancelled..." — Kc (@kcpereida) December 19, 2013
Just found out spongebob will be cancelled on my birthday..not gonna be a good one