Stop any kind of collaboration with Claudio Lippi: the position taken by Viale Mazzini comes early in the morning, after the dissemination on various media of statements by the conductor considered "damaging to the reputation of Rai and its managers".
A clear and unequivocal reaction: at the top of public television did not go down phrases like "enough with the propaganda of Fazio and Annunziata. Enough with the kultura with the k", "less gay and gay" who in recent years have worked on TV "just for the fact of being so"
Shocking statements, collected at the buvette of the Chamber. Five years ago, said Lippi - who the rumors of recent weeks have cited as one of the possible faces of the new Rai schedules - Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni asked him for a hand: "They wanted to have an opinion, an external look on Rai, from those who know TV". And he replied "that it takes a smile. Rai must enter the homes of Italians saying 'good evening'. With lightness and intelligence, not with propaganda." Fazio and Littizzetto "are gone. Fazio told lies, saying the ad grossed three times what the program cost. But if it cost 450 thousand euros per episode, did it collect 1 million and 200 thousand of advertising?". According to Lippi "Fazio was a scoundrel: he and his little sister had already prepared a millionaire contract with Discovery. But do you know what? Just press the nine on the remote control to see them again, what's the problem?". As for Lucia Annunziata, hers was "propaganda, 'kultura' with the k. Did you see the interview with Minister Roccella? Bad, aggressive. That's not Rai".
In Rai, in his opinion, "we need a popular language. Giorgia (Meloni, ed) is a 'commoner of Garbatella'. He won the elections by speaking to Italians and Italians. You need that language there." The former head of prime time entertainment is also targeted: "Stefano Coletta, the director who fortunately is no longer there, has made gay and gay work just for the reason of being so". As for the plans for the future, he spoke of "a program, in prime time on Rai1, I would like to call it Condominio Italia". And then "Yesterday, today, an old format that talks about television, with archive clips".
Questioned by ANSA, the conductor today tries to correct the shot. "I suffered a clumsy attack on my privacy and a serious damage to my image: I am evaluating with my press office and my lawyers how to fight back." And he says: "I do not recognize myself in the statements that have been attributed to me: I would not use the word scoundrel even for my most acerbic enemy and I defend freedom of sexual choice with a continuous struggle", underlines Lippi, 78. "I'm a decent person. And I am also a free citizen and decidedly aligned with the new government, made up of people I know personally, starting with Berlusconi, and the personal relationship with Salvini and Meloni. But I don't think you can be condemnable for these ideas." "I have 59 years of work behind me, a public that believes in me and in my intellectual honesty and I will defend it until I die", concludes Lippi, who in recent weeks had already raised controversy, guest of Francesca Fialdini at Da noi... freewheeling, on Rai1, giving the "primate" to a boy in the audience with thick hair.
"Is he Italian?" she asked. "Ah is half Brazilian, that's why. Let's say that he is always on the human side, that is, he is a human being. He's not a primate." The board member Francesca Bria applauds the decision of Viale Mazzini: "An act due by Rai to interrupt the collaboration: Lippi's statements are not compatible with the professional ethics and the code of ethics of the company". For Carlo Calenda, Lippi's are phrases that "no person with a public voice would think of pronouncing in a Western country. The fact that this figure is not ashamed to do it in Italy shows that there is a huge cultural work to be done".