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Jean-Luc Delarue: the golden boy of French television fallen victim of his excesses

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On August 23, it will be ten years since Jean-Luc Delarue died of stomach and peritoneal cancer at just 48 years old. Strangely, while he spent most of his career on Canal + and France 2, it is TF1 which will pay tribute to him on August 24 with the broadcast of a documentary entitled Jean-Luc Delarue, 10 years already: success in excess. It is a production signed Reservoir Prod, one of the companies created by the animator-producer in the early 90s.

Even if the name of the host-producer is not automatically associated with the first French channel, remember that he produced several successful programs for TF1 from the end of the 90s. We can cite: Garden well with Jean-Pierre Coffee, Stars at home with Flavie Flament, Live my life with Laurence Ferrari and Scruples with Carole Rousseau

40000 euros per month

Jean-Luc Delarue was known for his ultra-fast speech rate and his famous headset (to symbolize the fact that a show is teamwork, he confided to Release in 2004) but also to be gifted in television. It is the basis of many debate-oriented program concepts featuring ordinary people telling the stories of their lives. We think of It is discussed, Day after day and It’s a story. As many meetings as he presented and which earned him three 7 d’Or. But also to It’s my choice hosted by Evelyne Thomas, Live my life with Laurence Ferrari orAll equal on France 3…

In the mid-2000s, he was one of the highest paid animators-producers in France. His monthly income was estimated at 40,000 euros per Plurals. Son heritage, to 30 million euros. But the little genius that the press dubbed the “ideal son-in-law” had also been hiding a devil for a long time. An avid nightclubber, the former contributor to children of rock (Antenna 2) was addicted to power, money but also to sex and drugs. It is the latter who will sign his fall. According to New Obs, he devoted a third of his salary to it, or some 10,000 euros a month! In September 2010, he was taken away by the police for possession of narcotics as part of a vast anti-drug operation. Bad luck, paparazzi seize the moment. The media coverage of his addiction to cocaine, of which he was a huge user, forced him to take a step aside. He put his television career on hold.

The potato thieves

In the fall of 2011, a few months before his death, he attempted a comeback with Family meeting, on France 2. The success is not with go, the emission is déprogrammed. On December 2 of the same year, he announced that he was suffering from cancer. His last public appearance took place a few weeks later, during Fashion Week in Paris.

Also remember that in the mid-90s, Jean-Luc Delarue had already experienced a very tormented period. He was part of the “Potato Thieves” as the Guignols de l’info of Canal + had nicknamed three animators-producers hired by France 2 to compete with TF1. With the key to fabulous contracts. Were targeted: Jean-Luc Delarue but also Nagui and Arthur.

According to the work of Alain Griotteray television money (1986), their three production companies alone weighed a quarter of the total cost of programming for France 2. The affair had forced Jean-Pierre Elkabbach to resign as president of the channel.