Pay no attention to those viral messages, saying "SpongeBob SquarePants" will end on Thursday, March 1. The show is currently airing Season 11, and has already been renewed for Season 12, which will air during its 20th anniversary year.
The offending fake post in question does look "official" ...
— sandra :) (@sandra_cubillo) February 25, 2018
... but if you check out the actual official account for the show, that tweet is nowhere to be found.
Some fans were fooled, while others were just frustrated:
And so I heard Spongebob is ending???????? major heartbreak???? pic.twitter.com/bmJP8ptxGl
— ????O...P...E (@itzkay_laaaa) February 25, 2018
Spongebob is ending in March therefore so am I pic.twitter.com/0tAnEK4Wfl
— sydnee (@sydneehamblen) February 25, 2018
why is no one talking about the fact that spongebob is literally ending this year
— stass (@staciejellsey) February 25, 2018
why is there a rumor about spongebob ending every single year pic.twitter.com/eEuOh12zzW
— mar (@niallspIatt) February 25, 2018
SPONGEBOB ISNT BEING CANCELLED EVERYONE THE TWEET IS BS pic.twitter.com/arZYfVh4EQ
— Lindsey (@estacticdolan) February 25, 2018
To the people that are saying Spongebob is ending.... ya moms a hoe.. and ur wrong ????????
— Emily Smith (@Emily29120) February 25, 2018
So people blindly accept that a long-running cartoon is ending based off of one random tweet, and we're having trouble comprehending how information disseminated via social media could influence American voters?#spongebob
— Benjamin Beck 2020 (@BenSBeck2020) February 26, 2018
The official Instagram account made the situation crystal clear:
Is March Fool's Day a thing now?
This isn't even the first time "SpongeBob" has faced his own TV death hoax. Snopes was on the case back in 2016 when another fake message suggested the show was ending. Instead, the show will continue at least until 2019. Season 12 will have 26 more episodes, Entertainment Weekly revealed. A third "SpongeBob" movie is also coming fairly soon, now scheduled for July 31, 2020.
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