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‘We’re not dead’: Cartoon Network debunks shut down rumors after ‘#RIPCartoonNetwork’ trends

Call off the call for help from the Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans, and all the superheroes you know because Cartoon Network just confirmed that they’re not going anywhere.

In case you missed it: the beloved television channel has been the talk of the town recently as news of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation’s merger hit the Internet. But what left the fans distraught was the announcement that their parent company Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) had laid off 82 scripted, unscripted, and animation staffers. 

In a memo to employees that was reported by Variety, WBTVG chair Channing Dungey wrote that the animation department is set to implement a “new streamlined structure.” While there are still no mentions of channel cancellations, this change—alongside the merger—has caused several Cartoon Network fans to worry about the channel’s uncertain future.

As soon as the news broke out, a huge chunk of the online population gathered around on Twitter to pay tribute to the channel, and over the weekend, the phrase “RIP Cartoon Network” even trended.



This online buzz has caught the attention of the TV channel, where they took to Twitter to debunk the rumors of the channel’s closing. On October 15, the official Twitter account of Cartoon Network wrote: “Y’all we’re not dead, we’re just turning 30.” 


“To our fans: we’re not going anywhere. We have been and will always be your home for beloved, innovative cartoons. More to come soon!” they added.

After clearing up the air, fans rejoiced and were relieved to know that the beloved channel isn’t closing or shutting down. 

The studio even joined in on the fun and wrote some cheeky reactions about their death.


So there you have it, folks! In a nutshell, Cartoon Network is still alive and kicking, and celebrating its 30 years in the entertainment industry. We may not know what will happen to the network in the future, but we can only hope that whatever Warner Bros. decides, it’s for the best. For now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Launched on October 1, 1992, Cartoon Network is home to some of the beloved animated television shows, such as The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog, to name a few.


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