Philippe Bouvard will retire at 95

Philippe Bouvard will retire at 95
Philippe Bouvard will retire at 95

It is an emblematic page of the great book of French radio which is about to be turned. Philippe Bouvard, the legendary host of “Grosses Têtes” on RTL, announced this Sunday June 23 that he would retire in January 2025. He will then be 95 years old. He shared this news during his column in “RTL Matin Week-end”.

“There is a temptation, which is not a temptation of laziness, but a temptation of record: it is to go to January 1, then to listen to others and to remain silent,” he said. he explains. Why January 1? Because on that date, “I will have established the double record that I hoped for, that is to say 60 years of radio and 60 years of RTL. It’s a radio record.”

Philippe Bouvard has always been hyperactive: 30,000 articles, 6,000 TV shows, he listed at the beginning of 2013 in the daily “Nice Matin” with which he collaborates. On television, from 1982 to 1987, he presented “Le petit théâtre de Bouvard” on Antenne 2. A sketch show where young actors tried their hand, several of whom were successful such as Muriel Robin, Pascal Legitimus and Mimie Mathy.

In 1952, he started as an errand boy at “Figaro”, after a short stint at the journalists’ training center. He climbed the ranks, signed the society column and became director of Parisian services. He then went through “France Soir” and also signed papers in “L’Express” and “Paris Match”. It was in 1965 that he arrived on RTL. He began hosting “Les Grosses Têtes” in 1977 and presented this emblematic show until 2014, when he handed over to Laurent Ruquier.

Since then, he has continued to share his biting observations and anecdotes through his column “Les portraits de Philippe Bouvard”, broadcast every weekend in the morning.

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