Politically, we don’t agree. But on more movies than not, we do. And Roger Ebert is a brave man with a great attitude:
What happened was, cancer of the salivary gland spread to my right lower jaw. A segment of the mandible was removed. Two operations to replace the missing segment were unsuccessful, both leading to unanticipated bleeding. A tracheostomy was necessary so, for the time being, I cannot speak. I make do with written notes and a lot of hand waving and eye-rolling. The doctors now plan an approach that does not involve the risk of unplanned bleeding. If all goes well, my speech will be restored. So when I turn up in Urbana, I will be wearing a gauze bandage around my neck, and my mouth will be seen to droop. So it goes.
And, he says, he doesn’t care about the paparazzi. He just want to see the movies. But it’s obvious he won’t be returning to TV anytime soon. . .