Famed movie critic Richard Roeper has been suspended from the Chicago Solar-Instances because the paper investigates allegations that he purchased faux followers on Twitter.
“We grew to become conscious over the weekend of points regarding Wealthy Roeper’s Twitter account,” Chicago Solar-Instances editor in chief Chris Fusco stated in a press release. “We’re investigating these points. We is not going to be publishing any critiques or columns by Wealthy till this investigation is full.”
The fake followers got here to gentle in a New York Instances piece printed final week that uncovered an organization named Devumi, which sells faux followers to corporations and celebrities together with Roeper, Clay Aiken and Kathy Eire.
Roeper at present has 224,000 followers on the social media platform, although the Instances piece didn’t specify what number of have been bought.
Roeper, 58, has been with the Chicago Solar-Instances for the reason that early ’80s, and launched his personal column in 1987.
He took the place of the late Gene Siskel on the favored “Siskel & Ebert & the Films,” which ultimately introduced Roeper fame after switching its title to “Ebert & Roeper” in 2000.