Chaz Ebert, Wife Of Deceased Film Critic Roger Ebert, ‘Used To Like Gene Siskel Better’

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Chaz Ebert, wife of the late film critic Roger Ebert, is hailed in the upcoming documentary “Life Itself” for having softened up her notoriously brash husband. What fans of the “At The Movies” host might be surprised to know, however, was that his wife originally preferred his co-host –and sometimes enemy — Gene Siskel.

“Before I met him, when I just knew him on TV — it’s difficult to say this, but I used to like Gene better,” she admitted to HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri on Tuesday.

The sentiment changed as soon as she met Roger offscreen, she remembered.

“I saw what a quick mind and how funny he was — how kind he was to people, [and] I just fell in love with him,” she said. “And I also liked that he was so confident. He was fat, but he was confident. I loved that! He was a great guy.”

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