“I’ve never seen a presenter that everyone was so afraid of”: Several “Télématin” collaborators denounce Thomas Sotto’s behavior behind the scenes

“I’ve never seen a presenter that everyone was so afraid of”: Several “Télématin” collaborators denounce Thomas Sotto’s behavior behind the scenes
“I’ve never seen a presenter that everyone was so afraid of”: Several “Télématin” collaborators denounce Thomas Sotto’s behavior behind the scenes

There is disrespect on his part, cold anger, he denigrates the work“. In an investigation to be published in “Télérama” on Wednesday July 3, several collaborators and ex-collaborators of Thomas Sotto at “Télématin” denounce the management and methods of the man who has hosted the France 2 morning show since 2021.

“I came with a knot in my stomach”

If the audiences continue to satisfy France 2, despite the arrival of the competitor “Bonjour!” on TF1, the atmosphere would be less rosy behind the scenes, according to our colleagues. Constant pressure, “chaotic organization“, many employees and ex-employees of the show speak of difficult working conditions. In less than three years, 8 journalists have taken turns programming the show, and one of them, although experienced, is still on sick leave for “discomfort at work“, says “Télérama”. A former programmer talks about his experience: “I came with a knot in my stomach. I thought about changing jobs.“.

The behavior of the person in charge of the program is also directly criticized.We book a guest, which the editor-in-chief approves, but then we cancel at the request of Thomas Sotto. There is disrespect on his part, cold anger, he denigrates the work“, according to a former employee.”Thomas is the divine word. They are te-ta-ni-zed before him“, adds a member of the current team, who specifies that no decision is taken by the editors-in-chief”without his consent“.

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Thomas Sotto defends himself

I have never seen an animator that everyone was so afraid of.“, adds another former collaborator who adds: “I spent Sundays of horror where he canceled the guest by saying ‘I want something else’, without specifying what. I cried very little in my jobs but at theirs yes, several times“. On the pressure put on his colleagues, particularly to have prestigious guests, the presenter defends himself to the weekly: “I want us to play the ball. And if we lose, it doesn’t matter. What I don’t like is when we haven’t tried. Do I put pressure on the teams? Yes, probably, because that’s part of my job.“. Thomas Sotto, however, recognizes “desires a little too limitless, perhaps“.

His post-show “debriefs”, during which he and the producer of “Télématin” review the day’s show, are also badly received by the teams.He’s never satisfied. I call it the ‘crazy debrief’“, confides an employee.”We listen to the emperor giving his opinions and firing broadsides, he humiliates, it’s degrading.“, adds a manager of the morning meeting of France 2. The presenter responds: “Take a step back from the caricature!“. It evokes a “Europe 1 heritage“, “massively imported“when he arrived at the head of “Télématin”. “I was doing too harsh debriefs, I made amends, and I corrected the situation two years ago.“, he assures “Télérama”.

Thomas Sotto says he is “hurt” by criticism

The one who says “hurt“by the reported critics recognizes, “Télématin”, it is “a lot of pressure, fatigue, and perhaps for some a feeling of injustice, because no one is without merit”. “Yes, I can be demanding, in a good or bad mood. I am very frank, I say things face to face.”he adds.

But the host is not alone against everyone. Marie Portolano, who hosted this season alongside him before going on maternity leave, praises “a workaholic, ultra-rigorous man“, write our colleagues. Without him, “the show is not the same: when he is there, there is no hitch“, says the former host of “Le Meilleur Pâtissier” on M6. Same story from Victoire de Rincquesen, who has worked with Thomas Sotto for 15 years, and has become his friend.”It is a pleasure to work with someone as upright and honest as him.“. Christelle Ballestrero, health columnist for the show since 1995, assures us: “This is the first year I’ve had this much fun.”

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