No, it’s not a joke. If it was a story, it would anyway be placed in the suspense department, with an unexpected final twist. According to our information, Sébastien Thoen is about to return to Canal +. His precise role has not yet been revealed to the “Parisian”, but the management of the chain has signed a new contract with his former troublemaker.
A return unthinkable two and a half years ago, when the entertainer violently took the door of the encrypted channel. In question, a parody of “L’heure des Praud”, the successful program of CNews, in which his accomplice of “Discreet Action” Julien Cazarre interpreted the star journalist of the info channel and the one who then presented “Le Journal hard”, a certain Lionel Messiha, in reference to Jean Messiha, a regular speaker on the show. This video, which was part of the humorous series “Les Sopronos” developed by the online betting site Winamax, had greatly displeased Vincent Bolloré (CEO of the Vivendi group, the parent company of Canal), who had asked for his head.
Bolloré has forgiven everything
It was the businessman himself who validated this rehiring. The billionaire has changed his mind and once again appreciates the humor of Sébastien Thoen, who has since found refuge at Laurent Ruquier’s “Big Heads” on RTL. Vincent Bolloré has forgiven everything.
At the time, this departure had made big waves at Canal +. The highly respected commentator Stéphane Guy was fired in stride for sending on the air a a nod to Sébastien Thoen, at the time of his departure. In the weeks that followed, 70 employees of the group, in particular from the sports department, had demonstrated, masked, in front of the headquarters of Canal +, in Boulogne-Billancourt. An XXL pataquès which had divided internally, including the most loyal of the Breton businessman. Many of them found the sanctions disproportionate and damning in terms of image. By rehiring Sébastien Thoen more than two years later, Canal + is today sending a message of appeat.