Stéphane Guy fired from Canal + after supporting Sébastien Thoen
The sketch on Pascal Praud has decidedly disastrous repercussions for Canal + employees
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".
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".
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.