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Spongebob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

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Sad news out of Hollywood… the creator of the hit Nickelodeon show "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died. Stephen Hillenburg was just 57 and passed after a battle with ALS. The SpongeBob show debuted in 1999 and is the 5th longest running animated series. Hillenburg picked up 2 Emmys for his work which included writing and directing of all the SpongeBob movies.

Jerry Springer is returning to daytime TV...this time with a gavel. He'll be Judge Jerry and he promises it'll be a more entertaining court show. After 27 years of on-set brawls and family clashes, he says he's coming back in a whole new way. He actually has more than 15 years experience as a practicing lawyer so he's qualified to be Judge Jerry and says he's excited to be called Honorable for the first time in his life. 

Ryan Seacrest will host Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve for the thirteenth time. Seacrest will be joined alongside Jenny McCarthy at Time's Square in New York City for the iconic ball drop.  Ciara will host the West Coast party in Hollywood that will feature performances from the likes of Charlie Puth, Foster the People, Macklemore, and the Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Bellerini to name a few. Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale will be reporting in from New Orleans. It all kicks off at 8 on New Years Eve on ABC. 

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