Ben Lyons

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Ben Lyons
Ben Lyons by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lyons in March 2012
Born Benjamin Lyons
(1981-10-08) October 8, 1981 (age 34)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Entertainment reporter
Years active 2002–present

Ben Lyons (born October 8, 1981) is an American film critic[1] and entertainment reporter/sports commentator.

Early life[edit]

Lyons is the son of entertainment reporter Jeffrey Lyons and the grandson of the American newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons.[2]


Lyons started his own production company in 2002 and produced segments for the TV show, Hip-Hop Nation. In 2004, MTV hired him to co-host Your Movie Show. In 2006, Lyons hosted entertainment segments on The Daily 10. In addition, he began to write a column for E! Online called "The Lyons Den".[citation needed] Lyons hosted My Family's Got GUTS, on Nickelodeon and has appeared in Disaster Movie and The House Bunny. He is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. In 2012, Lyons left E! and became a correspondent on Extra.[citation needed] Lyons also joined ESPN as a commentator in 2012.

In September 2008, Lyons became a co-host of the TV show, At the Movies.[1][3] Critics said Lyons lacked a proper understanding of film history,[1] used language that sounded like movie advertising (in order to promote his own profile),[4] and had a conflict of interest with some actors whose movies he reviewed.[1][5] Roger Ebert gave implied criticism of Lyons in his online blog.[6][7] Lyons and his co-host were fired from the program less than a year later, on August 2009.

Lyons also hosts a podcast of The Players' Tribune.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Chris Lee (December 28, 2008). "Critic Ben Lyons gets many thumbs down". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Jeffrey Lyons Named Host of the 13th Annual San Diego Film Festival" Retrieved 30 June 2015
  3. ^ Anne Thompson (July 22, 2008). "Lyons, Mankiewicz to host 'Movies'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-01-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ Rush & Molloy (August 1, 2008). "Jeffrey Lyons pans son's critics". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson (November 7, 2008). "FS #234: Synecdoche, New York/Role Models/David Wain/Top 5 Movies About Mortality". Filmspotting. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (October 28, 2008). "Roger Ebert's Journal: Roger's little rule book". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  7. ^ Roger Ebert (November 25, 2009). "Roger Ebert's Journal: Time keeps on slip, slip, slippin' away". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  8. ^ "Derek Jeter-Founded The Players' Tribune Announces Its Official Launch And Strategic Partnerships". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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