Rumors that three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson has retired set the Internet on fire on Wednesday, but on Thursday calm seemed to reach the Web, as the rumors were deflated by NBC's Maria Shriver, speaking to E Online.
The retirement rumor surface on Radar Online. The site, citing an anonymous source, said:
Jack has -- without fanfare -- retired. There is a simple reason behind his decision -- it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him.
Shriver, however, confirmed that not only were reports that Nicholson was retiring from acting due to memory loss -- or dementia -- 100 percent false, the "Terms of Endearment" has no current plans to retire.
Fears that Nicholson may be retiring might have been fueled by his recent hiatus from film: His most recent work was the 2010 film "How Do You Know," and his IMDb page does not cite any projects currently in development.
Nicholson himself has not addressed the rumors.