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10 years after his death, Jean-Luc Delarue TF1 will broadcast a documentary on his life and career to pay tribute to him. A look back at the career of the famous French animator-producer.

Jean-Luc Delarue died 10 years ago. For this, TF1 has decided to devote an entire evening to him on August 24. The production will broadcast a documentary entitled “Jean-Luc Delarue, 10 years already: success in excess”. Delarue marked a generation with these shows that have become emblematic.

1991: his first steps on television

Jean-Luc Delarue appeared for the first time on TV in 1991. It was at Canal+ that he took his first steps in front of the screen. He hosts the daily midday show The Big Family for three years and quickly became the head of the show. It was there that he met Florian Gazan, his great friend who at the time wrote his presentation texts for the show. After his departure, Alexandre Devoise and Philippe Vecchi replaced him until 1997 at the controls of the show.

Jean-Luc Delarue in the show The Big Family

1994: goodbye Canal+ and welcome to France 2

In 94, he decided to leave Canal+ for France 2 where he hosted two shows: Already Sunday and Already back which will be two successes for the host nicknamed “the man with the headset. Indeed, the latter always had a very visible headset when he presented a program.

“I took a visible headset because it meant that a show is a team effort that does not rest only on the shoulders of a host. »

Jean-Luc Delarue

The success continues for him. He became the star host of France 2. He was chosen to host 24 consecutive hours of airtime on the channel for the transition to the year 2000. In parallel with his arrival at France 2, Jean-Luc Delarue launched his production Prod tankthe name referring to the American film Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino. He released the show It is discussed that he animates and produces.

1999: Delarue, the producer

His producing career will be propelled to the top thanks to the daily talk show It’s my choice hosted by Evelyne Thomas. In 2000, Reservoir Prod created 4 new subsidiaries: Reservoir Net, Reservoir Music, Reservoir Sport and Reservoir Doc. Reservoir Doc is the documentary production company that will produce reports for Restricted zone on M6, Roots and wings on France 3 or even Correspondent on France 2.

It’s my choice hosted by Evelyne Thomas

He then continued to produce more and more shows like Live my life, Stars at home or It is discussed. For the latter, he received the 7 d’or statuette, a ceremony organized by Télé 7 jours which rewards the personalities of French television and their programme. These shows have become cult today.

2005: meeting with the President Jacques Chirac

On April 14, 2005, Jean-Luc Delarue was at the Élysée for an exceptional program with President Jacques Chirac. Surrounded by Marc-Olivier Fogiel, host at France 3, Emmanuel Chain, host at M6, Jean-Luc Delarue will present the show Referendum, live with the President. The 3 presenters led a debate between the President and a group of 83 young people aged 18 to 30. The theme was on the French referendum on the European constitution. Broadcast on TF1, the program finally lasted 2 hours with more than 7 million viewers.

2010: the descent into hell

In 2010, it is the descent into hell for the host. Jean-Luc Delarue finds himself embroiled in a drug affair. He was arrested and then taken into custody. The police are investigating a large cocaine traffic in the Hauts-de-Seine and it turns out that he is a big consumer of white powder. He spends more than 10,000 euros per month to buy them. He then makes a video apologizing for his behavior. The next day, France 2 suspended him indefinitely for having questioned the reputation of the channel.

After a detoxification cure, he founded the Reservoir Corporate Foundation to fight against all forms of addiction. It is then strongly criticized. He is accused of seducing the public to regain his place on television. A place he will never find again since he dies a year later of stomach cancer.

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