In a post earlier today on his website, Roger Ebert says he will no longer be involved with the show that has made him a film icon.
“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,” he writes.
Time.com is also reporting that Ebert’s co-host, Richard Roeper, will also be leaving the show (his last appearance will take place in mid August).
Ebert has been off the air since 2006 due to medical problems and a dispute with Disney over the thumbs up/thumbs down trademark. But he closes his statement by implying this isn’t the end:
“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.