Has SpongeBob SquarePants Been Cancelled?

An inaccurate viral image led to rampant rumors that the popular animated TV show 'SpongeBob SquarePants' had been canceled.

  • Published 4 October 2016

Claim

The animated TV show 'SpongeBob SquarePants' has been canceled.

Rating

Origin

In October 2016 an image began circulating on social media, asserting that the popular Nickelodeon cable channel’s animated television program SpongeBob SquarePants would be canceled as of 17 October 2016:

This jape was set loose again in early 2018, this time positing that the popular series would be ending as of 1 March 2018:

The claim struck enough of a nostalgic chord amount social media users, many of whom grew up watching the exploits of the seafloor denizens of the Bikini Bottom, that few stopped to consider that it cited no reference. No articles heralded the end of the Krusty Krab era, nor did any major entertainment outlets cover the cancellation of one of the most prominent children’s’ shows of the last two decades.

Nonetheless, viewers across the country expressed disappointment on Facebook:

This_Jus_Broke_my_heart___Spongebob_is_being____-_Vegas_DirtyVegas_Benson

We contacted Nickelodeon for further information about the purported cancellation of SpongeBob SquarePants. A representative of the cable channel told us “No, the show isn’t cancelled.”

An identical SpongeBob SquarePants cancellation hoax swept social media in 2013.

Snopes.com
Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

Editorial
  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
Operations
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes