Maria Mettral leaves the weather forecast this evening: “RTS wanted to extend, but I refused”

Maria Mettral leaves the weather forecast this evening: “RTS wanted to extend, but I refused”
Maria Mettral leaves the weather forecast this evening: “RTS wanted to extend, but I refused”

It’s only a good bye. Maria Mettral was full of energy on the phone on Friday, even though the 64-year-old presenter was coming out of the doctor’s office. Having been ill for some time, she refuses to miss her last days presenting the weather on RTS.

After thirty-five years in this position, the Geneva resident bows out this Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. “I’m doing very well,” she confides. Adding: “I was originally supposed to finish in December, but since Leticia Ribeiro is on maternity leave, I continued.”

When we mention the possibility of staying longer, she cuts it short. “They tried to extend my contract, but I said no. I wasn’t going to come with canes!, she jokes. I have reached the age where you have to stop the weather.”

Maria Mettral struggles to remember her beginnings at RTS. She does not hide her desire to write a new chapter in her life. “When I think about that last day, I don’t have a particular feeling that comes to mind. It’s just a page turning. The book is not finished.”

She confirms having “had a blast” over all these years and is delighted to have participated in many projects. She lent her voice to “Babibouchettes” played in “Bigoudis” and “La Chronique”, also participated in the magazine “Hotel”, presented by Pierre-Pascal Rossi. “I’ve done lots of different things: shows, sitcoms, entertainment and cultural programs. I had a good time. It was a nice playground.”

But she doesn’t plan to retire completely. “I hate that word,” she emphasizes. “I continue my profession as an actress that I started 43 years ago. I have shows confirmed until the end of 2025 and possibly beyond. I am very busy with that, in addition to my theater training and classes.” She will also be able to spend more time with her grandchildren.

She concludes this dynamic interview with a thought for the French-speaking viewers who have followed her for more than three decades: “I like this relationship of proximity, almost of friendship, which has been woven between us through the screen .” Maria Mettral remembers having wonderful conversations with strangers, whether in the supermarket, on public transport or at the butcher’s shop. “I’m going to keep this forever and I thank them. I encourage them to come see me at the theater or say hello to me in the street.”

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