When we wanted to hear from Michel Drucker at the end of August and ask him if everything was going well, he did not respond to our SMS.
Not his type.
Not even at all.
We understand better why now.
According to our information, the star presenter of France Télévisions, who just turned 78 on September 12, had to undergo heart surgery in a Paris hospital this Saturday morning.
Objective: to unclog the coronary arteries, which have the role of vascularizing the heart muscle, in order to prevent any infarction.
Nothing to do with Covid-19.
“Fortunately, Michel's surgery went well.
He is combative and morale is good, confides the president of the public service Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, who was able to visit him during the day.
It's announcement is going to be a shock to his audience, but he wants to reassure everyone.
Everything changed this summer, when Michel Drucker, addicted to the road bike he practices in the Alpilles massif (Bouches-du-Rhône), where he had his second home built, had serious and unusual signs of running out of steam. .
In the process, his doctor advises him to put the pedal soft and especially to do a battery of tests to determine the cause.
A week, already, that he was in the hospital in the greatest secrecy before the intervention on Saturday.
And his recovery will take time.
No resumption of "Vivement dimanche" and "Vivement dimanche" on October 18 at the beginning of the afternoon on France 2, as initially planned after weeks of Tour de France and Roland Garros: the shooting of Friday October 2 at the legendary studio Gabriel has just been canceled.
That day, Michel Drucker had yet planned to receive on his red sofa a slew of personalities: from the actor Laurent Laffite to the singer and juror of “The Voice Kids” Patrick Fiori via the comedians Roland Magdane and Camille Chamoux.
No way to talk about him in the past tense
“Michel needs a rest.
It will not be on the air for a few more weeks, specifies Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, the new boss of programs and antennas of France Télévisions, who also spoke with the boss of the paf.
We will wait for it to be fully recovered.
One, two, three months?
“The time that will take him.
In the meantime, we will be broadcasting best of Vivement dimanche, continues Takis Candilis' successor.
We have a lot of material, like the last interview with Jacques Chirac, for example.
But no question of talking about Michel Drucker in the past tense.
Barely awake from his operation, the most hypochondriac of TV hosts spoke of his next world.
"He is very happy with the presence of the sailor and politician Maud Fontenoy in Vivement dimanche and plans to put even more emphasis on ecology in his programs," continues Stephane Sitbon-Gomez, for whom the essential Sunday host is part of the DNA of public television.
Michel also told us about his plans for specials, one of which is still very confidential.
And that's not all, the star confessor took advantage of his available time to carefully watch back-to-school programs, such as the new series “Laetitia”, retracing the life and murder of Laëtitia Perrais by Tony Meilhon in 2011 in Pornic (Loire-Atlantique), which conquered 3.7 million other viewers last Monday on France 2. As a non-category expert, Michel Drucker, who began his career in 1964 at the ORTF, also provided his wise advice to the management of France Télévisions to prepare as well as possible for the start of the January 2021 school year. “Michel cannot stay in place,” adds Delphine Ernotte-Cunci.
His life is TV.
He is at home at France Télévisions, it is his home.