‘Spongebob Squarepants’ canceled? Don’t joke like that!

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Spongebob and Patrick attend the Nickelodeon basketball tryouts for the Kids' Choice Sports 2015 "Triple Shot Challenge" At The BET Experience at The L.A. Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

HOUSTON — I’m a grown woman, and even my heart sunk at the news Spongebob Squarepants will no longer reside at his pineapple residence under the sea.

For a couple weeks now a meme has been circulating around social media with the announcement: “After 17 years, Spongebob is being cancelled on October 17, 2016.”

The animated television series, which was created by marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, has delighted adults and children alike since it first aired on Nickelodeon in 1999. Although Nickelodeon has confirmed the rumor is indeed false, and the show has actually already been approved for two more seasons — the painful reactions to the fake announcement were very real.

Others were a little more dramatic…