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    Ebert and Roeper leaving 'Ebert & Roeper'

    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert says he's cutting ties with the television show that he and the late Gene Siskel made famous.

    In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday, Ebert said Disney-ABC Domestic Television had decided to take the show "in a new direction" and he won't be associated with it.

    His announcement came a day after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper said he was leaving the nationally syndicated "At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper."

    Roeper said in a statement Sunday that he had failed to agree on a contract extension with Disney-ABC Domestic Television so his last appearance on the show will air the weekend of August 16-17.

    "Several months ago, Disney offered to extend my contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season," Roeper said. "I opted to wait. Much transpired after that behind the scenes, but an agreement was never reached, and we are all moving on."

    A message seeking comment was left for a spokeswoman for Disney-ABC Domestic Television early Monday.

    Roeper said he intends to "proceed elsewhere ... as the co-host of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago."

    "I will be free to share the details on that program in the near future," he said.

    He also said he wishes Disney "the best of luck with their new show, whatever form it may take."

    Roeper joined Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert on the show in 2000, after Ebert's original co-host, Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, died of a brain tumor in 1999.

    Siskel and Ebert had begun reviewing movies on television together in 1975 on Chicago public broadcasting's WTTW, which eventually took their program national. The pair jumped to commercial television through the Tribune Co.'s TV syndication wing in 1982, switching to Disney in 1986.

    Roeper was chosen from among a large group of contenders to be the permanent replacement for Siskel after his death.

    Ebert has been sidelined the last two years because of health issues that have robbed him of his voice.

    "Over the last two seasons, as Roger has bravely coped with his medical issues, I've continued the show with a number of guest co-hosts," Roeper said. "It's never been the same without Roger, but I'm proud of the work we've done and I'm grateful to all the co-hosts who stepped in -- and to the viewers that stayed loyal to the show."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoBandit View Post
    Ebert and Roeper leaving 'Ebert & Roeper'

    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert says he's cutting ties with the television show that he and the late Gene Siskel made famous.

    In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday, Ebert said Disney-ABC Domestic Television had decided to take the show "in a new direction" and he won't be associated with it.

    His announcement came a day after Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper said he was leaving the nationally syndicated "At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper."

    Roeper said in a statement Sunday that he had failed to agree on a contract extension with Disney-ABC Domestic Television so his last appearance on the show will air the weekend of August 16-17.

    "Several months ago, Disney offered to extend my contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season," Roeper said. "I opted to wait. Much transpired after that behind the scenes, but an agreement was never reached, and we are all moving on."

    A message seeking comment was left for a spokeswoman for Disney-ABC Domestic Television early Monday.

    Roeper said he intends to "proceed elsewhere ... as the co-host of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago."

    "I will be free to share the details on that program in the near future," he said.

    He also said he wishes Disney "the best of luck with their new show, whatever form it may take."

    Roeper joined Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert on the show in 2000, after Ebert's original co-host, Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel, died of a brain tumor in 1999.

    Siskel and Ebert had begun reviewing movies on television together in 1975 on Chicago public broadcasting's WTTW, which eventually took their program national. The pair jumped to commercial television through the Tribune Co.'s TV syndication wing in 1982, switching to Disney in 1986.

    Roeper was chosen from among a large group of contenders to be the permanent replacement for Siskel after his death.

    Ebert has been sidelined the last two years because of health issues that have robbed him of his voice.

    "Over the last two seasons, as Roger has bravely coped with his medical issues, I've continued the show with a number of guest co-hosts," Roeper said. "It's never been the same without Roger, but I'm proud of the work we've done and I'm grateful to all the co-hosts who stepped in -- and to the viewers that stayed loyal to the show."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Another Chicago staple of my childhood, thanks to PBS and WGN, gone forever due to corporate greed and bullshit.
    That. And also it doesn't help that, for the most part, movies lately suck balls.

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    To tell you the truth, I could not bare to watch the show once Gene Siskel passed away.

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    first it was Siskel & Ebert, then Ebert & Roeper, now they are both leaving? what are they going to call it now?....... & ? Sounds like Disney was going to give the show the "Disney treatment" and Roeper just wasn't up for it.... really a shame...I'm going to miss the "best of the year" shows and the Oscar previews.

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    Siskel and Ebert was a good television show from a simpler, slower time.

    Even at 2:00am on a Sunday morning, before the Infomercial infection.

    Ebert can still write anyway... Roeper can take a flying leap.

    Heads up Siskel! Your old theater chair is coming to join you.


    And the balcony is closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    Sounds like Disney was going to give the show the "Disney treatment"
    Roger opted for the "Lucas Treatment"



    Sorry Roger... I love your Book Of Film - Writing From A Century Of Film




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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Roeper can take a flying leap.
    And the balcony is closed.
    I never liked ole' Dick Roeper long before his time with Ebert from the local newspaper. Good riddance.

    Sad to see Roger go, though.
    I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    To tell you the truth, I could not bare to watch the show once Gene Siskel passed away.
    You watched it naked when Siskel was still on?

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    It was always a guilty pleasure even with Roeper and whoever the guests
    host was - heck, even better with Henry Rollins or Kevin Smith, imo. I dunno,
    there is just something satisfying about bitching about movies.

    Can't say I'll miss these guys, but it sucks what I imagine will become of the
    show, ie more ET-style puff and fluff or what basically amounts to any US
    'news' program these days. Just what we all need.

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    Replacements have already been named:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,3620997.story
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