CHICAGO, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Chicago film critic Roger Ebert told his faithful fans he plans to return to his critic's seat in the balcony early next year.
Ebert, undergoing rehabilitation following surgery for cancer, wrote an open letter in the Chicago Sun-Times, outlining what happened after he checked into the hospital this summer. He is a film reviewer for the Sun-Times and is co-host of the "Ebert and Roeper" movie-review television show with Richard Roeper.
Expecting a speedy recovery, Ebert instead experienced sudden and serious bleeding, the Sun-Times said. After operating on him, doctors kept him sedated to avoid disturbing the area.
"I essentially spent July and August completely out of it," he wrote in the Sun-Times, adding that he needed rehabilitation therapy because his muscles began to atrophy.
But now Ebert said he anticipates returning to reviewing for the newspaper and television show early next year, the Sun-Times said. He also will face another surgery, the newspaper said.
He did complete one review -- on "The Queen" -- scheduled to run this week, the Sun-Times said.