ALEX TREBEK – CANCER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The man who guided generations of contestants and viewers through the TV quiz show “Jeopardy!” is now in a fight for his life. Alex Trebek says he’s been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. In a video posted online yesterday, Trebek, who is 78, says he realizes the prognosis for Stage-4 pancreatic cancer isn’t good. But he vows to keep fighting – and working. At the end of his video message, recorded on the Jeopardy set, Trebek added a light note. He says he has to beat the odds against surviving pancreatic cancer – because his contract runs for another three years.
R. KELLY BACK IN JAIL
CHICAGO (AP) – Yesterday began with R. Kelly launching a publicity campaign to save his career and reputation. It ended with the R&B star back behind bars. The singer was taken into custody at a child-support hearing in Chicago. His rep says the singer was prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000 in back support. But the judge wanted him to pay the entire $161,000 he owes. When will he be out? That’s tricky. His rep says R. Kelly doesn’t have the money because he hasn’t been able to work – even as he tries to scrape together enough to win his freedom.
R. KELLY: MORE OF CBS INTERVIEW TO AIR TODAY
CHICAGO (AP) – The publicist for R. Kelly says the singer “feels good” about the interview he did for “CBS This Morning.” But some legal observers wonder how much good he did himself by sitting down with Gayle King. During the 80-minute interview, the singer’s emotions were raw as he denied charges of sexually abusing teenage girls and young women – and held people against his will. At times pacing around, Kelly said it would be “stupid” for him to do what prosecutors say he did. The comments were his first public defense since being hit with four counts of sexual abuse, all but one involving minors.
MORE R. KELLY INTERVIEWS
UNDATED (AP) – There’s still more R. Kelly stuff on tap today. CBS will air more of its interview with the singer. And it will also have interviews with two women who live with him – and say they aren’t being mistreated. The parents of one of the women, Joycelyn Savage, insist she’s being held against her will. In an interview, a lawyer representing the couple challenged Kelly’s claim that they want money from him. The lawyer says the couple never asked for – or received – money from the singer.
GAYLE KING – R. KELLY
NEW YORK (AP) – If there were a photo with the dictionary definition of “grace under fire” – there’s a good chance it would be the one of Gayle King sitting calmly as a ranting R. Kelly paces around during their interview. The still image has riveted the attention of people following the story. King remained unflappable and serene as Kelly leaped to his feet in anger as she peppered him with questions. CBS seems pleased with her work, too. The network says it will air the full 80-minute interview tomorrow night in prime-time.
WARNERMEDIA PROBING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AGAINST CEO
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Don’t look now, but another sexual misconduct investigation is under way. WarnerMedia says it is looking into claims that its chairman and CEO promised acting roles to women in exchange for sex. The Hollywood Reporter ran a story yesterday that included text messages between Kevin Tsujihara and actress Charlotte Kirk. The messages suggest he offered her acting gigs in exchange for sexual favors. But an attorney for Tsujihara denies this.
DNC VS. FOX
NEW YORK (AP) – The Democratic National Committee is saying “no” to Fox News. The DNC says it won’t include Fox among the networks asked to televise one of the upcoming debates for the 2020 presidential campaign. DNC chair Tom Perez says he doesn’t feel the network can host a fair and neutral debate. As proof, Perez cites a New Yorker magazine article that detailed how some Fox News personalities and President Donald Trump echo each other. In a tweet, Trump threatened to sit out general election debates on outlets like NBC, MSNBC and CNN.
LEBRON JAMES PASSES MICHAEL JORDAN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s a feat that will relaunch the ongoing debate about who’s “GOAT” when it comes to the NBA. LeBron James has moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. The Lakers star scored his 32,293rd career point on a layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets last night. James began the night needing 13 points to reach the mark. He now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant for most points scored in the NBA.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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