Stéphane Guy fired from Canal + after supporting Sébastien Thoen

Stéphane Guy fired from Canal + after supporting Sébastien Thoen

Violet Field inEntertainmentDec 25, 2020 2 min read9 views

The sketch on Pascal Praud has decidedly disastrous repercussions for Canal + employees

Stéphane Guy, during the match between Rennes and PSG in August 2019. - SICCOLI PATRICK / SIPA

The witch hunt continues on Canal +. The star commentator of the encrypted channel Stéphane Guy, fired for expressing his support for Sébastien Thoen, was finally fired, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Thursday, confirming press information.

In the question: his support for the humorist Sébastien Thoen, columnist of the Canal Football Club, recently dismissed by Canal +. Before a match he commented on two weeks ago, he paid tribute to his "friend", believing that he had "not had the exit he would have deserved".

Lèse-Praud crime

Sébastien Thoen, who in addition to his role as a columnist also hosted the Journal du hard, was fired at the end of November from the channel after having participated in a sketch which parodied the program of Pascal Praud on CNews L'heure des pros.

The parody sketch had been broadcast on the sports betting site Winamax and had been a great success on social networks.

This dismissal had aroused the indignation of many internal journalists. Nearly 150 Canal + employees had thus denounced, in a press release, this "eviction" and invoked "freedom of expression, caricature, and parody".

Denigrated CNews

The director of the antennas and programs of Canal +, Gérald-Brice Viret, for his part, justified this dismissal, because the columnist was displayed in this sketch with a person who "constantly denigrates" the teams of the channel and had "legitimized »His words, an allusion to the comedian Julien Cazarre.

The Canal + and CNews channels both belong to the Canal + group, whose parent company Vivendi is controlled by Vincent Bolloré.

Stéphane Guy, an employee of Canal + for over 20 years, commented on the matches of the French championship and was one of the stars of the encrypted channel. Asked Friday by AFP, Canal + had not followed up at midday.