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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Accused DiCaprio slasher pleads no contest

Accused DiCaprio slasher pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES — A woman accused of slashing Leonardo DiCaprio’s face with glass during a party five years ago has pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon.

Aretha Wilson entered the plea as part of a plea deal Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. She is expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on Nov. 22.

The Academy Award-nominated actor required surgery to repair a gash on his face and neck from the 2005 attack.

Kanye West cancels ‘Today’ performance

NEW YORK — Kanye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show after getting upset with how his interview with host Matt Lauer this week was handled.

West’s record company confirmed the cancellation to ‘‘Today’’ on Friday after the rapper said on his Twitter account that he wouldn’t perform. He was scheduled to appear Nov. 26, part of a promotion drive for his new disc, ‘‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’’ which is being released Nov. 22.

During the interview, which was taped Tuesday and aired Thursday, West appeared thrown when ‘‘Today’’ aired a video clip of an embarrassing moment — when he grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and said Beyonce should have won an award instead of Swift.

West tweeted this week that he felt ‘‘set up’’ by the interview and that Lauer tried to force his answers.

‘The Simpsons’ is renewed for 23rd season

NEW YORK — Raise a can of Duff beer! Fox network said ‘‘The Simpsons’’ will be back next fall for its 23rd season.

Fox said that will bring the animated series to a total of 515 episodes. ‘‘The Simpsons’’ is the longest-running comedy in TV history.

Since premiering in December 1989, ‘‘The Simpsons’’ has won 27 Emmy awards. In the meantime, family patriarch Homer Simpson has consumed an uncountable number of doughnuts and Duff.