John Kricfalusi was later fired from the show after a banned episode controversy. Titled “Man’s Best Friend,” the episode featured a scene where Ren beats a character named George Liquor half to death with a canoe oar. Nickelodeon refused to air the episode, and it would be shelved until years later, when the show was rebooted on Spike TV as Ren & Stimpy ‘Adult Party Cartoon’.
After that, Kricfaulis was fired, along with most of his production company, Spümcø. The network handed the reins over to Bob Camp, who promised to keep the flavor of the show intact, but fans and critics all agree that his era of Ren & Stimpy was a definite downgrade.