Claim:   SpongeBob SquarePants is being canceled at the end of January 2014.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, December 2013]

I was just informed that the television show “SpongeBob Squarepants” is going off air in January of 2014. Is this true?


Origins:   In December 2013 a rumor was floated online that the beloved animated SpongeBob SquarePants series, which has aired on the Nickelodeon cable channel since 1999, was being canceled as of 28 January 2014, causing much consternation among fans of goings-on in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom and prompting a “Save SpongeBob” social media campaign:

However, that rumor proved to be nothing more than a hoax that was quickly squelched by Nickelodeon, with a representative from the company tweeting on 11 December 2013 to announce that “We’ve got new episodes in 2014 and the movie coming out 2015″:

Last updated:   18 December 2013

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