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Ebert and Roeper Break Ties with 'At the Movies'

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Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are quitting the TV show “At the Movies.”

Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert started the show with the late Gene Siskel in 1975. But Ebert said in a statement the show’s going in a new direction, and he won’t be associated with it anymore. He hasn’t been on air in the past few years due to health problems.

Ebert and Siskel’s widow own the phrase “thumbs up,” and Ebert says he’s taking the thumbs with him.

Yesterday, columnist and critic Richard Roeper said in a statement that he’s leaving “At the Movies.” He failed to reach agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television on his contract.

Roeper says hosting the TV show hasn’t been the same without Ebert. According to media reports, he’ll co-host a different film critique show.

Ebert, Roeper and ABC could not be reached.

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