The cult show, which changes time slots, did not find an agreement with the two hosts for them to return.
Numbers and letters loses its two pillars. Bertrand Renard and Arielle Boulin-Prat, who have served as referees on the show for 47 and 36 years respectively, will leave the historic program of France Télévisions at the start of the school year. This is announced by Alexandra Redde-Amiel, entertainment director of France TV, this Friday in the columns of the Parisian.
“We did not agree and we regret it,” she said. “We thank Arielle and Bertrand for the very beautiful page of the game that they have written for so many years.”
This departure results from a dispute over the new programming of this cult game launched in 1965 (first under the title The longest word), still according to The Parisian. Broadcast daily mid-afternoon since its debut, Numbers and letters changes slot to migrate to the weekend, with a broadcast Saturday and Sunday at 5:15 p.m., from the week of August 29. Of five issues per week, only two will be recorded from September.
“This change of box is part of our strategy of enriching the editorial offer of France 3 at the weekend, in which the arrival of Michel Drucker also participates with ‘Vivement dimanche'”, explains Alexandra Redde-Amiel again. . “We want to offer ‘Numbers and Letters’ to a family audience of all generations.”
PAF’s oldest show
Arielle Boulin-Prat and Bertrand Renard will participate in this new formula on the weekends of September 3 and 4, then September 10 and 11 before bowing out. They will be replaced. Laurent Romejko, who has presented the program for 30 years, is back for this new redesigned season.
Numbers and letters is the second oldest program of the PAF, behind the immarcescible Lord’s Day. Hosted since 1992 by Laurent Romejko, Numbers and Letters was first presented by Christine Fabréga, in the 1960s, then by Patrice Laffont – at the helm for nearly 20 years – and more briefly Laurent Cabrol and Max Meynier.