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Alex Trebek revealed last week that he has returned to chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer and may be forced to leave Jeopardy! sooner than he planned. Trebek, 79, announced in March that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. A first round of chemotherapy achieved positive results, but the cancer recently worsened and he’s caught himself slurring his words. “The chemo has caused sores inside my mouth,” he told the Canadian network CTV. “It makes it difficult for me to speak and enunciate properly.” The host of 8,000-plus episodes over 35 years, Trebek said he’ll continue hosting as long as his TV skills are intact, but he’s aware they’re diminishing. “I’m not afraid of dying,” he said. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life…if it happens, why should I be afraid that?”
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) filed for divorce from her second husband last week, citing an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship.” Omar, whose outspoken criticism of Israel, President Trump, and American Islamophobia have made her a political lightning rod, submitted the filing on her 37th birthday, following reports in August that she’d had an affair with her married campaign consultant Tim Mynett. Omar and Mynett denied the affair, alleged in divorce filings by Mynett’s ex-wife. Omar, a Somali-American member of “The Squad” of first-term congresswomen, shares three children with Ahmed Hirsi, whom she married in 2002 at age 19 before they divorced in 2008 and then remarried last year. She reportedly moved out of their joint home into a penthouse apartment this summer.
James Franco pressured female students at his acting school into performing sex scenes for his personal pleasure, according to a lawsuit filed last week. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal attended the Los Angeles branch of Franco’s school in 2014, which offered a $750 master class for sex scenes. The school closed in 2017. Franco’s attorney said his client would seek damages from the two women for “filing this scurrilous, publicity-seeking lawsuit.” ■