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ESPN’s Cari Champion Defends Stephen A. Smith … After NFL Brainfart

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Don’t worry, Stephen A. Smith … your colleagues got your back! 

The ESPN star went viral on Thursday because of his DISASTROUS pregame analysis of the Chargers game … which included a bunch of guys who weren’t even playing. 

It was a mess … and HILARIOUS! 

He mentioned Hunter Henry as a key player while noting the way he’s played this year. The problem? Hunter’s been out all season with a torn ACL. 

Stephen also mentioned Derrick Johnson as a player to watch for the Chiefs — despite the fact he hasn’t been on the roster since 2017. Good times! 

So, when we saw ESPN’s Cari Champion at LAX, we had to ask … WHAT HAPPENED?!

“Stephen A. is a very smart man. He has a lot going on and he is extremely smart,” Champion said. 

“I think Stephen A. has a lot to do … a lot on his plate … he knew exactly what he was talking about … we all make mistakes.”

She added, “[You] try doing live television 20,000 hours a day!”

For his part, Stephen A. called the situation a “brain-lock moment” and clowned himself on Twitter. 

“It’s called a MISTAKE because I was think of Virgil Green, but mentioned Hunter because I was multi-tasking. That’s what happens when you’re doing a thousand things.”

“But I don’t blame you if you told me to ‘Stay Off The Weeeeeeedddddddd.!’ That was a brain-lock moment.”

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‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dead at 57

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There’s no joy at the Krusty Krab — Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” died Monday after battling ALS.

Stephen first revealed his ALS diagnosis in 2017. He’s survived by his wife, Karen, and his son, Clay. 

Nickelodeon called him “a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

Steve created ‘SpongeBob’ in the late ’90s, but he took a circuitous route to his TV and movie success. Hillenburg started out teaching marine biology in Orange County … but eventually combined that knowledge of ocean creatures with his artistic talent.

He broke into TV as a director and writer on the Nickelodeon show, “Rocko’s Modern Life” — and then eventually started creating his ‘SpongeBob’ … which debuted in 1999.

In addition to the TV series, Steve wrote both hit ‘SpongeBob’ feature films. The first one grossed more than $ 140 million. 

Variety first reported Hillenburg’s death. He was 57.

Enjoy a Krabby Patty today in his name.

RIP

Stephen Colletti: MTV Wants to Do a Laguna Beach Reunion!

For three brief, wonderful seasons, viewers were immersed in the lives of the teenage stars of Laguna Beach.

That was over a decade ago, but the cultural impact of that ahead-of-its-time reality series cannot be measured.

And now, former star Stephen Colletti has confirmed that MTV is talking about hosting a reunion.

Speaking to People, Stephen Colletti teases a Laguna Beach reunion.

“They’ve been talking about it,” he reveals.

“MTV has been,” Colletti says. “They’ve been putting out some phone calls for it.”

So they’re weighing their options and perhaps testing the waters.

He cautions viewers to not start belting “Coming Clean” just yet, however — even though it’s a great song.

Colletti says that he’s reluctant to dive back into reality television, saying: “It’s not really my journey.”

“I think I’ve done enough reality TV for a couple of lifetimes at this point,” Colletti admits.

That’s fair. He also went into real-life acting on One Tree Hill.

“I think we can let that one go,” Colletti says of the possibility of him doing more reality work.

“That ship,” Colletti states. “Has sailed for me!”

“We were just such young little kids,” he says.

That might be an exaggeration, but they really were just teenagers during those Laguna Beach days.

“What I loved about being on that show,” Colletti reveals. “Was everyone that we were working with and shooting the show with.”

He describes that “they made us feel kind of comfortable.”

“Looking back,” Colletti reflects. “We were very comfortable hanging out with these people.”

At the time, Colletti wasn’t even sure that the show would be a hit — or even finish filming.

“It was like, ‘Nah, this isn’t going anywhere,” Colletti recalls. “We’re just having fun, and it’s just going to end up in a box at MTV’s offices. It’s not going to be on air.’”

So many great success stories begin with doubts. But he was having a fun time with it anyway.

“There’d be a time where Kristin was walking into the surf shop back in the day,” Colletti says. “And they’d let me hold the camera and shoot her and follow her in and teach me the style they wanted to shoot it.”

That’s a rare opportunity — getting real, in-the-field, experience behind a camera.

“Those are the memories that I have from it,” Stephen says. “It’s usually pretty positive. But you definitely look back with a smile and remember that we were quite naive little children.”

So, does he keep in touch with the rest of the cast? Well … sort of.

“We see each other at different times, back home in Laguna for the holidays or whatnot,” Colletti reveals. “It’s not a constant conversation, we’re not buds texting each other every day, but it’s all cordial.”

Of course, as the good folks over at The Ashley pointed out, the Laguna Beach cast did hold a bit of a reunion in 2014.

They also note that Kristin Cavallari has already made her return to reality television — joining E! with her own show, Very Cavallari.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we need to keep listening to “Coming Clean” on repeat.

But specifically the Bermudez & Harris Herbal Essences Mix, of course — we’re not wild animals.

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Stephen Miller Owns the Libs By Throwing Out His Own Damn Dinner

In case you’ve somehow been blissfully unaware of his existence, allow us to fill you in on the newly-hatched-larva-turned-Trump-policy-advisor whos’s adopted the human name of Stephen Miller.

Miller is, to put it bluntly, the absolute worst.

As if you couldn’t tell from those soulless pits of suffering he calls eyes, Miller is the kind of guy whose lonely and humiliating teen years drove him to a life of supervillainy, but whose lack of intellect prevented him from going full-Thanos.

The MAGA crowd is torn on Miller.

On the plus side, he’s fully committed to the cause of evil.

(It’s Miller who’s said to be most responsible for the Trump administration’s decision to separate immigrant children from their families. One source claimed the 32-year-old “enjoys” seeing photos of kids in cages.)

But on the other hand, Miller’s rodent-like appearance and Woody Allen-like mannerisms are basically what the average irate Trump supporter sees when he closes his eyes and envisions a “cuck,” something he presumably does several dozen times a day.

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So perhaps we can all put momentarily set aside our political differences (Ed. note: LOLOLOLOL) and share in a laugh over Lil Stevey’s recent unagi-related misfortune.

You see, Miller is the latest victim of the objectively awesome trend of regular citizens giving Trump staffers hell in public places.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a restaurant; Scott Pruitt caught heat from a sh-t-talking mom and then freakin’ resigned; Kellyanne Conway can’t walk down the street without passersby shouting Bible verses in hopes that she’ll explode into  Stephen Miller …

As for Stephen Miller, well … he threw out $ 80 worth of sushi and then bragged about it for some reason.

Yes, according to a new feature in The Washington Post that details the various ways in which being a Trump staffer will justly ruin your life, Miller recently picked up a to-go order from a sushi restaurant near his apartment in D.C.

As he was leaving the establishment, Miller heard someone shout his name.

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He turned to see a bartender from the restaurant hitting him with a pair of one-digit salutes.

Being a member of the most ultra-masculine, supremely-alpha administration in history, Miller naturally pulled a U-turn and swiftly kicked the guy’s ass.

Just kidding, he scurried back to his apartment and tossed the sushi in the trash.

Then for some reason, he told his co-workers about the incident the next day, presumably thinking he would receive a round of high-fives and even a seductive look from a comely intern.

Instead, Miller has once again assumed the role of national laughingstock, and he has no one to blame but himself.

At least when Trump wanted to exact revenge on the people who picked on him, he did something that made sense like stealing an election.

American democracy can be rebuilt, but once your California rolls hit this morning’s coffee grounds, they’re gone forever.

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