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An article circulating online, claiming that Breaking Bad is set to return with a season six, has turned out to be a hoax.AMC

An article circulating online, claiming that Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad is set to return with a season six, has turned out to be a hoax.

The bogus report was published on NationalReport.net, a satirical website well known for publishing fake stories with sensational headlines.

The fake story read: "Breaking Bad fans around the world are celebrating the stunning, glorious and amazing news announced today: Walter White is not dead, and there will indeed be a sixth season of the wildly-popular, award-winning AMC drama.

"This shocking and exciting news comes not from an internet message board or the rumour mill but from series creator Vince Gilligan. In an exclusive CNN interview late Sunday evening, Gilligan dropped the bombshell."

The report carried fake quotes from Gilligan saying that Walter White did not actually die at the end of the last series.

Many Twitter users believed the fake news report, and expressed their excitement.

However, the website's publisher Allen Montgomery told Mashable that there is no truth in the story.

"There are no flashing disclaimers and the stories are often subtle," he said. "The disclaimer is buried within the site and requires visitors to do actual research in order to determine whether a story is true or not (although simply going to our home page should do the trick for those being critical of the content they are consuming)."

It is "an important part of the process that has been left out of the so-called 'drive-by media' where stories are spread with little/no factual basis," he went on.