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Eright here's somebody who doesn't care a lot about retiring at 60… Philippe Bouvard broadcasts that he’ll depart RTL in January 2025. Until then, the tireless radio man will proceed to carry the microphone, as he does made each weekend on the air with its portraits broadcast on Sunday mornings. Why the 1er subsequent January? Because he may have lastly achieved the purpose he set for himself: setting a long life report on a French resort, even when he nonetheless feels in fine condition.

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“There is a temptation, which is not a temptation of laziness, but a temptation of records,” he defined on RTL. 1er January, I’ll have established the double report that I hoped for, that’s to say sixty years of radio and sixty years of RTL. » He will then be simply 95 years previous after which guarantees himself to “listen to others and be silent”…

It is true that Bouvard is inseparable from the historical past of RTL: arriving in 1965, he wrote a Parisian column, then co-hosted an leisure program till 1974, grew to become editor-in-chief of the 13 Heures newspaper earlier than being provided the animation of Big heads, which can convey his glory and his success. Surrounded by a gaggle of completely satisfied, cultured and scoundrels, together with Jean Dutourd, Jacques Balutin, Jean Yanne, Olivier de Kersauson and Amanda Lear, he’ll reign because the primary public entertainer with a string of report audiences.

Bitterness in direction of Laurent Ruquier

He ended up leaving his chair in 2014 to Laurent Ruquier, with a contact of bitterness that he doesn’t cover in sure interviews. While he discovered himself relegated to confidential slots on the air, he despatched a number of jabs to his successor, believing “that he was nothing” to him and that that they had “not at all the same cultural references. Last December, both ended up burying the hatchet on the station's airwaves, with Ruquier paying a beautiful tribute to “one of his masters in the profession”…

Established for a very long time in his eagle's nest in Cannes, Bouvard has by no means given up, at all times writing articles, columns and books – he’ll publish his 70e opus – between two journeys to the on line casino, simply to deal with your self to some thrills. There is not any method for him to contemplate stopping every little thing, although his eyesight and listening to have been declining for a number of years. “I don’t like the word retirement, it evokes for me the retirement of the soldier, the flight,” he confided to Parisian in 2022. But I perceive that folks working in a troublesome job solely take into consideration leaving it. »

And to at all times maintain this sardonic and ironic eye, even on his personal existence. “I have still been very pretentious in my life,” he remarked. I assumed I used to be the middle of the world. I made some huge cash however nonetheless managed to dwell past my means. I've had 200 vehicles, three villas with three swimming swimming pools, although I don't even know the best way to swim. If I needed to speak about my life with the important spirit that I reserve for others, I might not be tender. »