Roger Ebert: "I Miss Siskel Terribly Everyday"
Roger Ebertin a revealing interview with CBS anchor Cynthia Bowers, the famous film critic, opens up about his appearance and his memories of sometime rival and close friend Gene Siskel.
Ebert, who lost the ability to speak due to his battle with thyroid cancer, tells Bowers why he isnt shy about the way he looks.
I said the hell with it, this is how I look. People with problems like mine should get it on with their lives and not hide because of it, said Ebert through a computer.
I dont want to look this way, but I do, so please, dont make it your problem.
Ebert also opened up about his complicated friendship with the late Gene Siskel, whom he co-hosted popular television programs, such as Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, for a combined 23 years before Siskels death in 1999.
At first we werent on speaking terms. Then we spoke, but we fought a lot. Our rivalry was very real, but all the time we were becoming better and better friends, Ebert explained.
We were like brothers.
Do you miss him, Bowers asked.
While nodding, Ebert says, I miss him terribly every day.