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Roger Ebert: 'I Was Probably Too Quick to Tweet'

6/21/2011 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Roger Ebert says he "was probably too quick to tweet" about the car crash that killed "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn yesterday ... explaining that his post was "not intended as cruel."


Ebert just blogged about the situation on his website -- saying, "To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one."

Ebert continues, "I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true."

Ebert explains that he wrote the tweet based on preliminary reports and admits, "I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death."

"I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly."


Ebert, however, staunchly defends the message in his tweet -- that people should NOT drink and drive -- saying, "I do know that nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110 mph, as some estimated -- or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing."

"That is especially true if the driver has had three shots and three beers. Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?"

As we previously reported, Dunn's friend Bam Margera WENT OFF on Ebert last night -- telling the movie critic to shut his "f**king mouth" about Dunn's crash.


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There sure are a lot of self righteous a-holes making comments to these stories. You mean to tell me that none of you have ever made a bad decision that could have ended tragically? Please. Just because someone made a bad decision does NOT mean they deserved to die. That includes Zachary Hartwell. He made a terrible decision as well.

1221 days ago


I support Roger Ebert's message. People never want to hear the truth. Hey, if you drink and drive, odds are eventually you are going to hurt someone or something. Same with smoking, keep smoking and you will eventually suffer the consequences. I recently lost a mentor who was only 55 to lung cancer from smoking. It's senseless, yet when you point out that fact, people get upset. Whatever. The earth is overpopulated anyway.

1221 days ago


its a good thing that he apologized for making his comment to quickly but he was right that go one should ever drive drunk

1221 days ago


Why apologize?? He wasn't even the only "celebrity" who tweeted about this...and his wasn't even mean like the others. He only got called out by Bam because TMZ only reported what Ebert said....

1221 days ago


Well, maybe the timing was bad, but really, Ebert is totally right, don't drink and drive, can face the consecuences, in this case 2 deaths!.
I don't think he need to apologize, the truth is the truth, if you like it or not, that's another problem. This guy was drinking and driving and sadly he and his friend paid the consecuences. That's all.

1221 days ago


BUT, if a friend or family member of Bam's would have been killed because some idiot decided to do what his friend Dunn did he would be the first to make comments like Ebert did. It is very sad that lives were lost, but my thought are "at least they were the lives of only those who chose to do the stupid thing of drinking, speeding, and driving at the same time". Unfortunate situation.

1221 days ago


LOL.. loving the two faced posters who are screaming about Ebert's lack of respect and class while they then swear and name call, make comments about him dying, that his cancer is karma, making fun of his face... oh yeah you guys are sooooo much more classy than us anti-drunk driving people!

1221 days ago


drinking and driving is dumb but ignorance is worse. ebert is mad that a bunch of young guys made millions being idiots. they made movies, he knows (or supposedly knows) a lot about movies, and they came into his profession and became famous.

1221 days ago


Congrats on your Darwin award....Roger coulda tweeted that....but he has more class than i do ;)

1221 days ago


His tweet wasn't politically correct and if I were Dunn's family or friends, I would be hurt by the comment. However, what Ebert said was true and he shouldn't be hit over the head for that. More importantly, what if the car had hit ANOTHER CAR! It's one thing to put your life and your friend's life in danger driving drunk, IT IS ANOTHER TO ENDANGER OTHER DRIVERS SHARING THE ROAD! IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT DUNN! i DON'T KNOW THE GUY AND HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS WITH HIS LIFE BUT IF HIS CAR HAD SLAMMED INTO ANOTHER CAR, OTHER INNOCENTS WOULD BE KILLED. Ebert spoke the voice of reason, which is not always the best voice nor the most praised.

1221 days ago


As opposed to the people who are saying Ebert was right and then insulting Dunn and his friends. You guys are quite the class act yourselves.

1221 days ago


Roger shouldnt have to explain himself. Although, Ryan made a horrible mistake and may he rest in peace,what Roger said is true. Anyone who supports drunk driving should be put in a vehicle sober of a drunk driver and see how they like it then. He could have killed more than just his passenger. It's thoughtless and selfish and an easy mistake that any one of us can make. Of course there were no cops out to pull him over, there never are.

1221 days ago

sober driver    

no apologizes needed for those dummies, it's 2011 that guy was in his 30's driving drunk like a dumb ass teenager, i feel sorry for no one who commits suicide, and driving drunk is committing suicide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1221 days ago


The only tragedy here is that Bam wasn't in the car when it went over. So this "grown man" got drunk, got behind the wheel of a sports car and was doing 100 mph on a winding road, crashed and killed himself PLUS the Navy SEAL that was with him leaving his newlywed wife a widow......AND ROGER EBERT IS THE BAD GUY? Ebert said what had to be said, there is no 'too soon' here. Dude was too stupid to live, it's just too bad he had to take an American hero with him. I just hope this guy wasn't in SEAL team 6, that would really be a tragedy.

1221 days ago


Why do comedians get a pass and serious minded journalists don't?
After the Shuttle blew up the first joke came exactly 7 minutes later. It was "What does NASA stand for?"

Answer: Need Another Seven Astronauts.

Ebert was right. Leave him alone...concentrate on why parents kill their kids

This guy killed himself and a friend.

Ebert was right.

1221 days ago
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