Leno gets thumbs-up for Ebert & Roeper slot

By Reuters

Jul 28, 2006

Jay Leno will step into the critic's chair next week as he takes on guest cohosting duties for Ebert & Roeper.

The host of NBC's Tonight Show will be the first guest cohost for the syndicated movie review show while regular cohost Roger Ebert recuperates at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after cancer surgery last month.

Leno will join Richard Roeper for the August 5-6 episode of the show, which will review the films Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Miami Vice, Little Miss Sunshine, The Night Listener, and Shadowboxer.

"America knows Jay as the country's most popular late-night talk show host, but I know him as a guy who loves movies and loves to debate movies with Roger and me--both on camera and backstage at The Tonight Show," Roeper said.

Because of Leno's involvement, the Chicago-based show will briefly relocate to Los Angeles to tape the episode.

After Leno's stint on the show, film director Kevin Smith will take over guest cohosting duties for the August 12-13 episode. Smith--whose latest film, Clerks II, opened last weekend--announced the news Tuesday on his Web site.

Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and a 30-year veteran of the show, was admitted to the hospital for salivary cancer surgery last month. The show's distrbutor, Buena Vista Television, said he is in good condition and continues to show signs of improvement.

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  • matlefebvre20 Aug 04, 2006

    It appears that Ebert often chatted with Leno about movies. Ebert said that Leno has the right aptitudes for being a critic.

  • matlefebvre20 Aug 04, 2006

    It appears that Ebert often chatted with Leno about movies. Ebert said that Leno has the right aptitudes for being a critic.

  • darquesyde Aug 01, 2006

    Well this is a silly move. Why didn't they go with a real movie critic?

  • Water78 Jul 28, 2006

    what!

  • Mad_Buck Jul 28, 2006

    I'd rather have Gene Siskel reviewing from the grave than Leno.

  • Sherwinb Jul 28, 2006

    Interesting