We’ve all seen or heard of Spongebob Squarepants, “who lives in a pineapple under the sea.” The hit Nickelodeon animated series debuted in the United States in 1999 after nearly a decade of creation.
On the popular series, SpongeBob SquarePants is a yellow sponge who lives in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom with his friends. The characters all range in personality, and bring their own twist as the show follows the adventures and endeavors of SpongeBob’s life under the sea.
The critically acclaimed animated series has won a variety of awards including two Emmy’s and 12 Kid’s Choice Awards.
Recently though, the actor who voices SpongeBob’s neighbor, Squidward, has run into some trouble with the law. In January of this year, Rodger Bumpass was arrested in Burbank, California for an alleged DUI.
Police found the 64-year-old actor leaning against his car, which was parked in the middle of the street. Bumpass admitted to have just been driving before law enforcement saw him. After the Nickelodeon actor failed field sobriety tests, he was arrested for driving under the influence. Police reports documented Bumpass to have a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.
He spent the night in jail, and was held on $15,000 bail, before being released the following morning after posting bail.
Following his arrest, Bumpass was reportedly worried sick that he’d be fired from the show. Sources close to the SpongeBob production team reported that the only basis under which he would lose his job would be for “moral clause.” The show’s executives do not view getting a DUI as an immoral act, and legally it is not.
Bumpass has been the voice of Squidward since the show first debuted in May of 1999. He has also voiced SpongeBob’s frenemy in both of the show’s featured spin-off films. The Arkansas native started his career by performing voices on the popular series Alvin & The Chipmunks in 1984. His vocal talents have also been used in the animated feature films Monsters, Inc., Lilo & Stitch, and Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Bumpass will continue to be the voice of Squidward on the hit animated series. This was his first DUI offense.