'At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper' (2007-present) Ebert developed cancer in his jaw and had surgery to remove part of his jaw. Weeks later, his carotid artery burst and he nearly died. He had to undergo several procedures in order survive, including a tracheotomy that robbed him of his ability to speak. While Ebert was gone from the show, Roeper co-hosted with a series of celebrity fill-ins, including Jay Leno, Kevin Smith and John Mellencamp. Eventually Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips became the permanent fill-in for Ebert.
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