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JULIE CHEN RETURNING TO BIG BROTHER: After her husband Leslie Moonves ouster from CBS following sexual harassment allegations that emerged against the CEO, many wondered what Julie Chen’s future would be. Chen almost immediately stepped away from The View, but the TV personality continued to help host Big Brother. Now, she is officially back in as host for Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, which airs its second season beginning January 21st.

SPONGEBOB CREATOR IS DEAD: Stephen Hillenberg, 57, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants has died at age 57. The reported cause of death was ALS. “We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued SpongeBob SquarePants with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

KIM CATTRALL OPTING OUT OF SATC BECAUSE OF TEENAGE SEX? Kim Cattrall refused to participate in the Sex and the City film threequel because she didn’t like the direction the story took, according to the latest round of reports about the film's demise. While the star was always reportedly fine with the raunchy decisions her character Samantha Jones made, she drew the line at sexting with Miranda Hobbes’ (Cynthia Nixon) 14-year-old son, according to reports. E! News writes that Cattrall “never wanted to really do the movie to begin with,” due to a salary disparity for her appearance and work in the third film, it was the “bad script” that was the final straw.

MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY SPEND ANNIVERSARY APART: Trouble in paradise? Not by the looks of it. Exactly a year ago today, American actress Meghan Markle announced her engagement to Prince Harry, and while many expected them to be together to mark the occasion, the pair were continents apart. Harry is off in Zambia doing work for the royal family and meeting with reps for veterans and parks. Meghan, meanwhile, is hanging in London, reportedly laying low with the baby they’re expecting and, some observers speculate, due to fears of contracting Zika, which can negatively impact developing fetuses.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE TO PAY EX SPOUSAL SUPPORT: Per their divorce agreement, Alicia Silverstone will pay her ex Chris Jarecki $12,000 a month in spousal support, TMZ reports. However, if Jarecki lives with someone for five months within a one-year period, Silverstone, 42, is off the hook. They also agreed to share legal and physical custody of their son Bear Blu, 7.