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Is Cyril Hanouna the most unpleasant person on French television?

French TV presenter Cyril Hanouna's name has been causing a splash with the French and foreign press since Thursday, after a TV prank in which he targeted gay men live on air became just the latest in a series of scandals associated with the host.

Is Cyril Hanouna the most unpleasant person on French television?
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Presenter of the hugely popular show, Touche pas à mon poste — which airs at primetime Monday to Friday on channel C8, Hanouna's name has become synonymous with behaving badly on air.
 
Here's a look at some of top scandals involving Hanouna and his hit show:
 
1. Bullying disabled people
 
One of the presenter's first big scandals to cause the state broadcasting authority in France (CSA) a headache was during the 2015 Eurovision song contest.
 
After watching a clip of one of competing entries — a group made up of members suffering from autism and down's syndrome — one of Hanouna's guests responded, “We're going to screw the Down's Syndrome people.”
 
 
2. Repeated homophobia
 
The current scandal is not the first case of homophobia on the show. In December, the French association of LGBT journalists (AJL) claimed that Hanouna was “obsessed with homosexuality”.
 
The presenter and panelists on the show brought up the subject of homosexuality 42 times across 20 shows in November, “often to laugh about it in a disparaging manner”, the group said.
 
3. The “breast-kissing scandal”
 
In October 2016, Hanouna's name was all over the media when one of his guests kissed a woman's breasts live on the air.
 
During the live broadcast of a special 35-hour long version of his show, the TV host encouraged one of his guests, journalist Jean-Michel Maire, to kiss a female guest on the cheek.
 
She refused, turning her head away, so instead Maire plants a kiss on her breasts.
 
Naturally the programme was condemned by many, including women's rights organisations, but the woman in question defended Maire's actions.
 

 
4. Humiliating routines
 
Many viewers complained about the humiliation and indignity of a skit inspired by the “Wheel of Fortune”.
 
Entitled “Roux de la Fortune” (playing on the similarity between the French words for “wheel” and “red-head”), the skit involved a young man being spun around and offering gifts to guests.
 
5. Handsy behaviour
 
Hanouna was filmed navigating the hands of Capucine Anav over his body in a slot on another TV show.
 
In the film he was seen putting her hands on different parts of his body while she was blindfolded. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hanouna didn't balk from placing her hands on intimate areas of his body.
 
Anav expressed her lack of surprise over this in the show.
 
Homophobic prank lands TV presenter in hot water
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Homophobic prank lands TV presenter in hot water

French TV presenters get away with a lot more than their more politically correct British or US counterparts, but one appears to have gone way too far with an allegedly homophobic prank that sparked a record number of complaints.

Homophobic prank lands TV presenter in hot water
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More than 20,000 people lodged complaints with the broadcasting authority, advertisers pulled their ads from the comedy chat show, and even the presenter Cyril Hanouna’s own colleagues have turned on him since the off-colour sequence aired last Thursday.
 
The incident that outraged so many involved Hanouna passing himself off as gay and placing an ad on a gay dating site that read “Jean-José, very sporty and really well hung… I love being insulted!”, and then, live on air, phoning men who responded to his ad.
 
The resulting conversations, in which Hanouna pretended to be interested in meeting the men, sparked hilarity among the studio audience on the hugely popular show called “Touche pas à mon poste” on the C8 channel.
 
But almost immediately the complaints and angry reactions came flooding in.
 
Government and non-government gay rights groups issued statements denouncing what they saw as a tacky anti-gay trick, and the AJL gay journalists’ association said it was planning to sue the presenter.
 
A group of about 15 LGBT activists turned up at the CSA, the state broadcasting authority which has said it is deciding what action to take, and painted a slogan on the footpath in front of the building that read: “Hanouna is a producer of homophobia, the CSA is complicit.”
 
“When is the CSA going to do something?” asked Front National deputy leader Florian Philippot, one of the far-Right party’s few openly gay officials.
 
The 20,000 complaints the CSA received about the show was not far off the total of 36,000 complaints it received for the whole of last year.
 
Luxury group Chanel, German engineering group Bosch, and Disneyland Paris said they were pulling their ads from slots during the primetime show, which Disneyland said had shown that it was “the opposite of our values.”
 
Hanouna on Monday admitted he had made a “mistake” with regard to the offending sequence but said that he had become the victim of a “media frenzy.”
 
This isn't the first time Hanouna has been slammed for homophobia. In December 2016, the French association of LGBT journalists (AJL) claimed that the TV presenter was “obsessed with homosexuality”. 
 
The presenter and panelists on the popular TV review show Touch pas a mon poste brought up the subject of homosexuality 42 times across 20 shows in November, “often to laugh about it in a disparaging manner”, the group said. 
 
 
Breast-kissing scandal show faces homophobia claims