"Our public television program Ebert Presents At The Movies will go on hiatus while we find necessary funding," Ebert wrote Wednesday. "It was a sad but necessary moment of realism."
Last month, Ebert pleaded for financial support as he explained that the series has been financed solely by a $25,000 backing from Kanbar Charitable Trust. The rest has come from the pockets of Ebert and his wife Chaz, both of whom are executive producers of the show.
"We hope our hiatus will be brief," Ebert added. "You have told us you like the show. And we now have options. A touching number of viewers offered to send us money directly...We will let you know as soon as that is worked out."
At the Movies, which is hosted by film critics Christy Lemire of The Associated Press and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com, has produced 50 episodes since its January debut.