04/05/2013 01:53 pm ET | Updated Jun 05, 2013

'Simpsons' Creator Al Jean Remembers Roger Ebert

Their thumbs were almighty, but Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were always willing to poke fun at themselves and the on-camera rivalry that was actually a deep friendship. One of their best appearances together was on The Critic, the short-lived but well-remembered animated series about cranky film reviewer Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz). The show, which aired first on ABC and then on Fox, was in many ways a spoof of the TV thumbsmen, and it was produced by The Simpsons vets Al Jean and Mike Reiss. Late last night, Jean gave us his memory of the time Siskel and Ebert agreed to voice themselves on The Critic.


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