‘SpongeBob’s’ Innocence

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As a fervent “SpongeBob SquarePants” devotee since the show’s debut, I was both heartbroken and relieved to see that series creator Stephen Hillenburg has opted not to renew his contract with Nickelodeon (“‘SpongeBob’ Creator Feels Wrung Out,” by Bettijane Levine, April 13). I respect his intent to avoid “watering down” the franchise.

Then I read a little further. Nickelodeon can continue to produce new episodes, regardless of Hillenburg’s involvement or approval. But he doesn’t think they would do that: “I think they would want to maintain the original ... quality.”

Wow. It’s easy to see where “SpongeBob” gets that trademark innocence and naivete.


West Hollywood