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TELEVISION – Michel Drucker is leaving France 2. The historic presenter of the channel and his program “Vivement Dimanche” are moving to France 3 from the start of the next school year, announced Michel Drucker at Parisian this Monday, May 23.
“When Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez (number 2 of France Télévisions, editor’s note) offered it to me, I thought it was great. I move. France 3 is part of my DNA. I will be the new incarnation with Cyril Féraud. For me, it’s going to a channel that looks like me”, says the 80-year-old host, recalling his origins in Lower Normandy and then in Provence.
In addition to the channel and the schedule – the show will be broadcast at 1.15 p.m. instead of 3 p.m. currently – Michel Drucker explains that “there will be more room for humor”. And to detail: “I will highlight the new generation alongside the pillars, like Laura Felpin, Paul Mirabel, Maxime Gasteuil, among others. (…) The program will be more anchored towards the province.”
Special programs on Bourvil
A program turned towards the future, therefore, without forgetting the past. “Once a month, we will pay tribute to those who are in the hearts of the French, in particular with a special Bourvil presented by his children. When I was in the hospital, I saw so many great people disappear. I am one of the last to have known Gabin, Annie Cordy, from Funès. I don’t want them to be forgotten,” he adds.
Will this new version of “Vivement dimanche” with Michel Drucker compete with Laurent Delahousse’s 13-Heures on France 2? The two flagship presenters France Télévisions were cold due to competition from their programs on the second channel.
But Michel Drucker assures him, his show “is a real counter-programming. At home there will be laughter, humor and entertainment. He is a magazine. And above all, there is no more history between us”.
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