According to several sources within the editorial staff cited by Le Parisien, Jean-Pierre Pernaut had more than one reason for wanting to leave the 13 Hours JT by the end of 2020.

After 33 years of good and loyal service, Jean-Pierre Pernaut announced this Tuesday, September 15, 2020, to everyone’s surprise that he would leave the presentation of the newspaper of 13 before the end of the year. In a video posted on social networks, the TF1 veteran says he has decided to change his pace. According to the Parisian, this departure is none other than the choice of Jean-Pierre Pernaut. According to a daily source, “he didn’t want to make the year too long and get fired like Claire Chazal. He remains in control of his career and secures new meetings on the air.

Beyond his desire to keep control over his career, the Covid-19 health crisis that followed his fight against prostate cancer in 2018 that he did not hide from his loyal viewers have changed the priorities by Jean-Pierre Pernaut. “His cancer took a heavy toll on him physically. And psychologically, he has radically changed the way he sees life. He understood that he was old and wants to take advantage of his family, “said a relative. Comments that echo those of Nathalie Marquay, his wife, on CNEWS. The former Miss France confided,” the confinement has been an accelerator. He realized that it was also good to be at home. He hesitated. It’s his baby, the 13 Hours, It’s like we were talking to him about retirement, while he still has plenty to show. Lifting the foot is completely unimaginable for him “.

An unexpected announcement for TF1

If the departure of Jean-Pierre Pernaut was validated the day before, the management of TF1 did not expect the journalist to face an official announcement so quickly. Le Parisien also reported the words of Thierry Thuillier. TF1’s news director told his teams: “I hadn’t foreseen such a short timeframe. We will have to speed up the tempo to designate a successor. We will go into more or less long days of speculation. I will make sure you are the first to know. Jean-Pierre will continue to advise us. He will be the guarantor of the future 13 Hours. Whatever happens, the culture of the 13 Hours must be preserved. We are not going to do a 20 Hours at midday “.

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut in his office
Jean-Pierre Pernaut will leave the 13h of TF1, which he presents since 1988

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut in Montbrison
Jean-Pierre Pernaut during the shooting of the show “Your most beautiful market in France” in Montbrison on June 14, 2019.

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut, June 14, 2019
Jean-Pierre Pernaut during the filming of a program for TF1.

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut leaves the 1pm news
Jean-Pierre Pernaut (with a World Cup soccer ball in his hands), presenter for TF1 of the July 14 military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, July 14, 2018.

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his wife Nathalie Marquay
Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his wife Nathalie Marquay at the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt on October 16, 2017.


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Jean-Pierre Pernaut celebrated his 70th birthday
Jean-Pierre Pernaut at the inauguration of the Fête des Loges 2017 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. July 1, 2017

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Jean-Pierre Pernaut poses with wife Nathalie Marquay
Jean-Pierre Pernaut and Nathalie Marquay charity ala for the benefit of the association “Les Bonnes fées” at the hotel d’Evreux, Place Vendôme in Paris, March 20, 2017.


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Jean-Pierre Pernaut at the launch of Euro 2016 in Paris
Jean-Pierre Pernaut celebrated his 70th birthday on April 8, 2020.