Jean-Pierre Descombes, host of the “8pm Games”, has died

Jean-Pierre Descombes, host of the “8pm Games”, has died
Jean-Pierre Descombes, host of the “8pm Games”, has died

Presenter of the very popular show on FR3 from 1976 to 1987, Jean-Pierre Descombes died on Sunday at the age of 76 from Parkinson’s disease.

Jean-Pierre Descombes presenting the TV program

Jean-Pierre Descombes presenting the TV program “Les Jeux de 20h” on FR3 in 1985. Photo Jacques Loew (Photo by Jacques Loew / Jacques Loew / Photo12 via AFP) Photo Jacques Loew /Photo12 via AFP

By Télérama, with AFP

Published on July 1, 2024 at 12:47 p.m.

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Lhost Jean-Pierre Descombes, who presented the very popular show The 8 p.m. Games on FR3 from 1976 to 1987, died Sunday at the age of 76 from Parkinson’s disease, his son announced Monday to AFP. Jean-Pierre Descombes, who had suffered from this neurological disease for more than ten years, died at his home, according to his son Romain Descombes.

After The 8 p.m. GamesJean-Pierre Descombes had been the voice-over for other successful entertainment shows in the 80s and 90s, The right price et A gold family on TF1. From 2018, he had participated in Cyril Hanouna’s shows on C8, such as Do not touch My TV ! or The big laugh.

But Jean-Pierre Descombes remains best known for The 8pm Games, born at a time when there were only three channels in France. In this program which competed with the television news of TF1 and Antenne 2, general knowledge questions were asked of celebrities on set and anonymous candidates in duplex from a provincial town.

The show was hosted by Jean-Pierre Descombes, microphone in hand in the audience from the provinces, and other hosts on set, including Marc Menant, Jean-Pierre Foucault, Harold Kay and the referee Maître Capello (linguist Jacques Capelovici). In the 2000s, Jean-Pierre Descombes had retrained in hosting trade shows, galas or events such as the tour of former glories of the 60s and 70s Tender age and wooden head in 2012.

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