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Nickelodeon said an episode of “SpongeBob SquarePants” will no longer air due to “sensitivities” surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, while another had content inappropriate for children. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License picture

March 31 (UPI) — Nickelodeon has released two episodes of its animated comedy series Sponge Bob SquarePants.

The network confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday that an episode of the show would no longer air in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while another had content inappropriate for children.

The season 12 episode “Kwarantined Crab” has been pulled due to “sensitivities surrounding the global and real world pandemic,” said David Bittler, executive vice president of communications for Nickelodeon.

In “Kwarantined Crab”, a health inspector finds a case of “clam flu” in the Krusty Krab restaurant and quarantines the people inside. People suspected of having the virus are shunned and put in the freezer.

News of the deportation follows rising anti-Asian violence in the United States. Reports of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans have increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Nickelodeon confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that it pulled the Season 3 episode “Mid-Life Crustacean” in 2018.

In “Mid-Life Crustacean”, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs break into a woman’s house and steal her underwear at a party.

“‘Mid-Life Crustacean’ has not been in rotation since 2018, following a standards review in which we determined that certain story elements were not suitable for children,” Bittler said.

Both episodes will no longer air on Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video.