Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper are leaving Disney-ABC Domestic Television’s At the Movies, after many years of making thumbs-up/thumbs-down judgments on the latest films. Roeper joined the syndicated program in 2000, taking over for the late Gene Siskel. Ebert ended his on-air participation in 2006 due to medical problems, but he has remained active behind the scenes.
It’s believed Disney will remake the movie review show along the lines of Entertainment Tonight.
“I wish Disney the best of luck with their new show, whatever form it may take,” Roeper said in his statement. “In the meantime, it is my intention to proceed elsewhere with my ninth year 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.”