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Roeper (Siskel) and Ebert over, but looks to return elsewhere


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The show is gone, but looks like Ebert and Roeper will appear somewhere else

 

Statement from Roger Ebert

After 33 years on the air, 23 of them with Disney, the studio has decided to take the program named "Siskel & Ebert" and then "Ebert & Roeper" in a new direction. I will no longer be associated with it.

 

The show was a wonderful experience. It was a great loss to me when surgery in July 2006 made it impossible for me to appear on the air any longer. Although I remained active behind the scenes, I feel that Richard Roeper and several co-hosts, notably Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott, have excelled at carrying on the tradition Gene Siskel and I began in 1975 with "Sneak Previews" on PBS.

 

Gene and I felt the formula was simplicity itself: Two film critics, sitting across the aisle from each other in a movie balcony, debating the new films of the week. We developed an entirely new concept for TV that has lasted all these years. Few shows have been on the air so long and remained so popular. We made television history, and established the trademarked catch-phrase "Two thumbs up."

 

The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene's widow, and the thumbs will return. We are discussing possibilities, and plan to continue the show's tradition.

 

Roger Ebert

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So Ebert is unable to speak at all from what I understand? Sucks.

 

Unfortunately that is the case, yes. I believe further complications earlier in the year prevented the restoration of his ability to speak (whether it has put an end to all chance of recovery I do not know). I think he’s been using a computer for speech for some months now. He is cancer free however.

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The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene's widow, and the thumbs will return.

 

I noticed the show had stopped using the thumbs earlier this year, instead of going with a "Buy a ticket"/"Don't buy" type rating that was exactly the same in practice, just not in trademark. I'll miss the show despite not getting to the movies much these days. It was just interesting to watch.

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That's sad, although not unexpected due to the length of time that Roger has been away, and the complications that he has had. I wasn't aware that he wasn't able to speak.

 

I'm sure the website will remain as they just got the archive up not too long ago. If it doesn't then that's a real shame.

 

I noticed the show had stopped using the thumbs earlier this year, instead of going with a "Buy a ticket"/"Don't buy" type rating that was exactly the same in practice, just not in trademark. I'll miss the show despite not getting to the movies much these days. It was just interesting to watch.

 

They added a "rent it" too... unless they got rid of it.

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