French TV host Cyril Hanouna ‘hurt’ by accusations of homophobia after he humiliated a gay man live on air: VIDEO
20,000 people have officially complained to the state regulator after French TV host Cyril Hanouna used a fake dating profile to humiliate gay men live on air.
Cyril Hanouna, the host of Touche pas à mon poste, posed online as a man called Jean-José. Hanouna engaged in suggestive chat with respondents as a studio audience and more than a million viewers watched. A number of studio guests appeared to be highly uncomfortable.
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Following the segment, in which Hanouna uses as “camp” voice to engage his victim, Nicolas Noguier of Le Refuge, a group working with young victims of homophobia, wrote on Facebook that a hotline volunteer spent most of that night talking to the man.
“We were devastated by his tears and his fear of being found out by his parents and those around him,” Noguier said.
Hanouna – who has already faced similar accusations – said he has been “hurt” by allegations of homophobia which was “everything he had been fighting against for years”.
A number of major advertisers in including Chanel, Disney and Skoda have since dropped Touche pas à mon poste.