"What if you were a default?" Thierry Ardisson loved to ask this question in "Tout le monde en parle". His own, the one most commonly attributed to him in any case, is that he invented television, from the cathode ray tube to the remote control. And even the microphone, Michel Denisot once added deadpan. At almost 75 years old, he will have them on January 6, the "Man in Black" is amused by it. He dreamed of being a novelist and knows that he has written some important chapters in the history of the small screen. With "Midnight Baths" or "Black Glasses for White Nights", recorded from the Palace. His dinner at "93 Faubourg Saint-Honoré", whose twentieth anniversary he is celebrating with a special broadcast on Friday, December 15 on Paris Première, was a cheerful violation of the Evin law. By the light of the candlesticks, as in Barry Lyndon, people toasted champagne while smoking; The dishes imagined by the chefs of the greatest Parisian palaces slipped on a thick crimson tablecloth to the digestif.
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These suppers told the story of their time by reviving the tradition of eighteenth-century salons. The fine minds of the time, writers, artists and scholars, had their napkin rings there. Pierre Bénichou was able to scrap with Philippe Tesson. The duel of editorialists flew at altitudes that, alas, will no longer be reached. There was talk of satire and censorship with the late Cabu, Wolinski and Charb. Dark banquet.
Ardisson liked to spice up the seating plan of this dinner of heads, associating, with a little of that "Charlie" spirit, "a whore and an archbishop". Now, the host no longer lives at 93, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, but at
214, rue de Rivoli. It is there, without nostalgia and proud of his long audiovisual adventure, that he does it again.