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Jay Leno filling in for ailing Ebert

‘Tonight Show’ host will give his verdict on upcoming movies with Roeper
/ Source: The Associated Press

Jay Leno’s thumbs are about to get a workout.

“The Tonight Show” host is filling in as a guest critic on the movie review show “Ebert & Roeper” while regular co-host Roger Ebert recuperates from cancer surgery.

Leno’s appearance with Richard Roeper will air nationally Saturday and Sunday. He will be the first of at least two guest hosts — director Kevin Smith is slated to host in a show airing Aug. 12-13.

“This promises to be a special experience,” Roeper said in a statement. “[Leno’s] been a great friend to our program over the years, and it’s a real privilege to have him join me across the aisle.”

Ebert, 64, is at a Chicago hospital, where he’s in good condition “and improving each day” from surgery last month to repair complications from a previous cancer surgery, the show said in a statement.

This week’s episode of “Ebert & Roeper” was taped in Los Angeles to accommodate Leno’s schedule.