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Roger Ebert SPEAKS To Oprah

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We mentioned earlier in the week that Roger Ebert, acclaimed film critic and cancer survivor, will be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As he has had so many surgeries connected with his cancer, Roger is now unable to speak and uses the aid of sign language and aunique text-to-speech program to communicate.

We've just learned the Roger will be using the program during his interview with Oprah, which will air next Tuesday. We've also discovered how exceptionally advanced the program he uses actually is. Apparently, the company was able to take audio recordings done by Roger in his earlier years and compose a specific speech track that mimics his own voice. Not only that, but the program also projects inflection and character into the words he types, so as to not just sound like a monotone track.

It sounds very impressive and we can't wait to hear it! It should be a fascinating interview!

[Image via WENN.]

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18 comments to “Roger Ebert SPEAKS To Oprah”

  1. 1

    That is so cool! It's amazing, he looks more vital NOW, than he did twenty years ago. I wonder if she'll ask him about the critic thwacking him at that premiere awhile back, or if they'll have a giggle about their dates back in the day? I don't care for Oprah, but this is slightly legendary, so I'll be watching!

  2. 2

    That sounds really amazing! I can't wait to see this interview.

  3. 3

    Ummm……isn't it ROGER Ebert?? numbnuts

  4. 4

    That is so cool! Amazing!

  5. 5

    He and Oprah actually used to date each other, so that ought to be interesting.

  6. 6

    He's one big Lib. ass, cancer or not. He's better off sticking to watching movies.

  7. 7

    So cool! Too bad you don't know his name, Perez!!! Roger Ebert!
    Re: Tutone – He doesn't care anymore…… He is too busy chasing (Wo)man and SirGagGag!

  8. 8

    You are so laughable, Pervez. First you try and pass him off as ROBERT when he's ROGER and then you're covering news that broke a week ago — and covered so much better. Why don't you just give up? You are NOT a reporter

  9. 9

    it's so nice to see that even someone who's been thru so much can still smile such a huge and heart warming smile.

  10. 10

    Can we do a head transplant? This dude is scary looking.

  11. 11

    ROGER Ebert! FIX IT! This site is going down the tubes. . .

  12. 12

    Roger Ebert soundbite…."Nughhhh….nugh…NUUUUUUUGGGGHHHHH!" With two lips up!"

  13. 13

    Bless his heart. He's an angle to be able to live through this, I really admire him.

  14. Norig says – reply to this


    Wow sounds great, am glad he will survive! Was just wondering if they would be able to reconstruct his facial features or if its permanent?

  15. 15

    Hey Perez and fans- What he is using is something called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). People with severe speech and physical impairments use this kind of technology. Check out www.bridgeschool.org to learn about a special school that educates children who use similar technology.

  16. 16

    Poor Roger, you really can't help feeling bad for the guy, he doesn't look very healthy!

  17. 17

    He has a beautiful spirit and a beautiful smile.

  18. kuku says – reply to this


    UMM Is that his REAL face? WTF? I thought is was a joke.