Cyril Hanouna

Cyril Hanouna Biography

Full NameCyril Valéry Isaac Hanouna
Date of Birth23 September 1974
NationalityFrench (of Tunisian origin)
ProfessionsRadio and television presenter, writer, author, columnist, producer, singer, occasional actor, comedian
Notable ShowTouche pas à mon poste (French TV show)
LanguagesFrench, Arabic

Cyril Hanouna Early life

ParentsFather: Physician
Mother: Saleswoman
ArrivalBoth arrived in France from Tunis in 1969
EducationInitially pursued medical studies
Later studied management
Abandoned studies
Career GoalInitially aimed to become a certified accountant
AcademicExperienced academic difficulties in high school

Cyril Hanouna Career Highlights

YearCareer Milestones and Affiliations
1999Television debut on Comédie+ as a text composer for trailers
2002Co-hosted the third series of La Grosse Émission with Kad et Olivier
2002Hosted the radio show “Planet Arthur” on RTL Radio with Manu Levy and Valérie Bénaïm
2003Hosted the morning show “Morning Live” on M6
2008Associated with Eurovision Song Contest, presented French tele-votes and provided commentary in 2009 and 2010 with Julien Courbet and Stéphane Bern
PresentAffiliated with Europe 1 TV and hosts “Touche Pas à Mon Poste”
2012“Touche Pas à Mon Poste” moved to D8 (later C8) with its production team
PresentHost of “Nouvelle Star,” the French version of Pop Idol
2011Acted in the third installment of “La Vérité si je mens !”
PresentProducer of his own entertainment company, H2O Productions
2015Retained by Vincent Bolloré for 250 million euros
2019Proposed a television show addressing the concerns of French citizens in reaction to the yellow vests movement

Cyril Hanouna Career Controversies

YearAwards and Incidents
2007Industrial Mistake Award (Gérards de la Télévision)
2013, 2014Worst Presenter (Gérards de la Télévision)
2016The Presenter Who Doesn’t Need Drugs (Gérards de la Télévision)
February 2016Depicted as a mosquito sucking out children’s brains by Charlie Hebdo
VariousDescribed as an annoying clown with vulgarities, involved in affairs like offering non-existent gifts, ripping a book during a broadcast, humiliating journalists, making sexist and homophobic jokes
February 2016Accused of threatening French journalists who refused to appear on his show (Julien Cazarre and Arnaud Ramsay)
2016Labeled “tyrannical, pretentious, full of anger,” and accused of managing his team with “scabrous practices” by Society magazine based on evidence from anonymous collaborators
2016Described as the “Kim Jong-Il of C8” by Stéphane Guillon (another Canal+ presenter)
Nov-Dec 2016Two administrative procedures launched against “Touche Pas à Mon Poste” by the Superior Council of Audiovisual due to frequent humiliations and sexist and homophobic statements during the broadcast
2016Posted a fake gay dating profile online using a picture of gay model Max Emerson, mocking men who responded to the profile while live on air, triggering complaints and condemnation from LGBT groups
Dec 2016French association of LGBT journalists counted 42 sexist and homophobic jokes, describing him as an unapologetic promoter of homophobia

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