France 2 sees one of its famous faces leave: Laurent Ruquier will not be on the air at the start of the school year. The famous host announced his departure on July 12, 2023 – the end of 23 years of good and loyal service. Thursday September 21, 2023, the one who hosted TV Kids told the magazine Leisure TV the reasons for the end point of this chapter of his life. The small screen star had one condition: prime times. “The question was not the number of bonuses. I was just asking that it be renewed”he confided to our colleagues. Discussions with the first public channel for the continuation of their collaboration disappointed the 60-year-old journalist, who evokes confidence “broken”. “When we stay for so many years in a house like France 2, it’s really insensitive to warn someone at the end of June of what we’re not going to do with them the following season, he lamented. That’s really what made me angry and that’s why I decided to leaveeven if Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez [directeur des antennes et programmes de France Télévision] insisted that I stay on to do Les Enfants de la Télé. But for me, the trust was broken.”
A new start on BFMTV for Laurent Ruquier
A departure which Laurent Ruquier’s companion returned to in Do not touch My TVon C8. Former reality TV candidate, Hugo Manos reacted in Cyril Hanouna’s show Thursday September 21, 2023, recalling that “Laurent Ruquier was not fired”. “If he had wanted to do Children of TV for the whole season, with the number of viewers, it works well, he would have gained even more by staying on France Télévisions than by changing. He is a man of honor. At 60, he wants to enjoy it”, launched the influencer of Franco-Greek origin, who has shared the journalist’s life since 2018. And to conclude: “So he’s going to enjoy it elsewhere.” Because Laurent Ruquier does not say goodbye to television: on September 25, 2023, the host arrives on the continuous news channel BFMTV. He joins the channel of his friend Marc-Olivier Fogiel and will host a show with journalist Julie Hammett called Ruquier’s 8 p.m. – this coveted prime time. A “new challenge” which he is eager to take up, he wrote on his account Instagram on July 15, 2023.