Anyone who has watched Nickelodeon over the past few decades should be familiar with Butch Hartman’s work. Hartman is the creative mind behind shows like ‘Danny Phantom,’ ‘Fairly OddParents,’ and his newest show, ‘Bunsen is a Beast.’
Hartman has been with Nickelodeon since 1998, and has recently announced his departure from the company and recorded a video to share his reasoning with fans.
In the video, Hartman says:
“I am leaving Nickelodeon. This is not clickbait. This is not a joke. This is completely 100% serious. I have reached a decision and it’s just time to go. These things happen with careers in Hollywood sometimes, and I’m certainly not the first person ever to leave a studio, and certainly won’t be the last, but it’s the first time for me.”
20 years is a long time to stay with one company, and Hartman made it clear that his decision didn’t have anything to do with Nickelodeon itself, saying:
“I never had a job this long at one place. A lot of you are probably very young. You’re probably not even 20 years old yet, and just to imagine being at one job for 20 years is probably a little hard to imagine but when you get to be my age and you’ve had a career as long as I have it can be pretty interesting to be at a job at one studio for so long, and I must tell you I’ve had the time of my life at Nickelodeon. I’ve never been disappointed. I’ve never been let down. I’ve been treated extremely well by everybody there. This is not a video to diss on Nickelodeon or to trash them or anything because they’ve just been fantastic.”
Hartman also revealed what this change will mean for his newest show, ‘Bunsen.’ Hartman said:
“The future of ‘Bunsen’ right now it’s only been one season. It’s one season of ‘Bunsen’ and we’re done, and that was a hard decision to make, to walk away from a show like that because it was working so well, but you know what, like I said, I just knew it was time.”
In the video, Hartman explained that while he is leaving Nickelodoen, he plans to stay busy and let fans in on some of his upcoming projects:
“So I am still going to be making animation. I’m going to keep selling shows. I’ve got my own app the Noog Network. I do all kinds of brand new original stuff on there, go check that out. I’ve got a cool sketchbook that I am selling on Amazon. I’ll be doing more books. Self-publishing books and getting books published by other people as well. I’ve got a lot of projects I’m working on right now but I’m under contract to a company called Pocket Watch that I’m working with. That was announced so I can say that, but I can’t tell you what I’m working on just yet because I am like I said, I am bound to a contract. Can’t release it yet, but when I’m allowed to I will tell you guys everything I promise.”
While Nickelodeon will surely miss his presence, we wish Hartman luck on his future endeavors! Check out the full video below!