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09/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Roger Ebert Rips "Rat" Jay Mariotti In Open Letter

In an open letter, Roger Ebert ripped former colleague Jay Mariotti for the "ugly way" he quit the Chicago Sun-Times this week.

Dear Jay,

What an ugly way to leave the Sun-Times. It does not speak well for
you. Your timing was exquisite. You signed a new contract, waited
until days after the newspaper had paid for your trip to Beijing at
great cost, and then resigned with only an e-mail. You saved your
explanation for a local television station.

As someone who was working here for 24 years before you arrived, I
think you owed us more than that. You owed us decency. The fact that
you saved your attack for TV only completes our portrait of you as a
rat.

Ebert closes with some advice for the controversy-courting sports columnist, "On your way out, don't let the door bang you on the ass."

Read the full letter here.