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Disney's all thumbs handling Ebert



Tbdebert083007 You may have heard that Roger Ebert isn’t allowing At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper to use the iconic thumbs up or down to rate movies due to a contract dispute, but the ailing movie critic says that’s simply not true.

“Contrary to Disney’s press release, I did not demand the removal of the Thumbs,” he wrote on his Web site, referring to his TV handlers, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which issued a statement to the AP last week that said the critic had “exercised his right to withhold use of the ‘thumbs’ until a new contract is signed.”

Ebert disagrees: “They (Disney) made a first (contract) offer on Friday, which I considered offensively low. I responded with a counter-offer. They did not reply to this, and on Monday ordered the Thumbs removed from the show,” he wrote. “This is not something I expected after an association of over 22 years. I had made it clear the Thumbs could remain during good-faith negotiations.”

Disney had no comment, since they’re probably helping Gordon Ramsay dine on that foot sandwich.

[Photo: AP]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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