Roger Ebert 'Regrets' Ryan Dunn Tweet

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Roger Ebert Ryan Dunn Bubble Split 2011

The film critic offers an apology, sort of, for tweeting about the "Jackass" player.

Film critic Roger Ebert is offering an apology of sorts for tweeting about Jackass player Ryan Dunn's death on Monday.

Ebert offended followers and fans of the late reality star by linking to a news story about Dunn's death and tweeting shortly afterwards, “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”

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Ebert backtracked a bit on his blog Tuesday saying he regretted that his tweet was "considered cruel": "I regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true."

The former Siskel & Ebert host never apologized for the remark however. He wrote, "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."

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Ebert began the post with tweets from one of his fiercest critics, Jackass' Bam Margera:

"@BAM_MARGERA I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterically for a full day and piece of s**t roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents" and "@BAM_MARGERA About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, f--k you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f--king mouth!

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There has been some speculation that drunk driving may have played a role in the crash that ended Dunn and passenger Zachary Hartwell's life as Dunn tweeted photos of himself drinking hours before the accident. But, a preliminary police report didn’t note that as a possible cause, citing speed as a possible contributing factor.