The news shook the media world and many TF1 viewers. Tuesday September 15, 2020, Jean-Pierre Pernaut announced that he was leaving TF1’s 1 p.m. newscast after thirty-three years of good and loyal service. Invited in Touche pas à mon poste (C8) the same evening, his wife Nathalie Marquay spoke on the subject.
After careful consideration, with the help of his other half, the iconic 70-year-old presenter wanted to pass the baton while the audiences of 1 p.m. were still in good shape and that he was much appreciated. A wise decision according to Nathalie Marquay who is quite proud of the choice of her husband. “There have always been rumors! We have always fired Jean-Pierre for fifteen years! And there for once, it is us who are announcing it! So we have you all fucked!”, Launched Miss France 1987. And to continue: “Nobody expected it, there was no rumor and clack boom, we decided it and we announced it! Nobody made the decision for us!”
According to Nathalie Marquay, it was high time for Jean-Pierre Pernaut to ease off a bit to finally enjoy his family and life. The beautiful 53-year-old brunette assured that her husband was exhausted by his hectic pace of work and his recent health concerns. “He’s not kicked out from 1pm! He just lifts his foot because getting up every morning at 6am, coming home at 7pm and all … He’s shattered! He had lung problems, he had problems in the heart, in the kidneys, he had cancer [de la prostate, NDLR] and you have to get over that because you only have one life, ”she concluded.
Jean-Pierre Pernaut should leave the controls of the JT (to a presenter or a presenter who has not yet been chosen) a little before Christmas. Then, it will not be absent from the antenna of TF1 so far. He will always present SOS villages, Les Plus Beaux Marchés de France. He is also preparing a magazine on the riches of our land and a new digital program.