A well-known French TV presenter Cyril Hanouna is attempting to break a national record by being on air for 35 hours straight. His program includes diverse programming from family entertainment to outrageous gags.
During one segment, they played a game where a woman named Soraya was tied up and put in a bathtub, just as Kim Kardashian reported she was during the French robbery. Then one of the show’s panelists, Jean-Michel Maire, played a locksmith who had to free Soraya.
Maire eventually rescued Soraya and won the game. Then host Hanouna said he deserved a kiss and asked Soraya to give him a victory kiss. Soraya refused. Then Maire said he thinks she said yes, to which she refused for a second time.
Then Maire takes it upon himself to kiss Soraya on the breasts.
Immediately, French viewers criticized the show for the sexual assault they just witnessed.
“Sexual assault live on the show of this a****** Hanouna.”
“Well, the #35HoursOfBaba has switched from disgusting to pathetic and I can’t laugh.”
“Soraya has already had to say she didn’t want to be kissed — what the other a***** decides to do is kiss her breasts… lazy #TPMP”
Eventually, the Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA), a French government institution that regulates radio and television, tweeted Friday that it had received over 250 complaints about Hanouna’s 35 Hours of Baba and is investigating the clip.
“The CSA has received over 250 complaints concerning the program 35 Hours of Baba. An investigation will be filed soon.”
There has been no news as to any actions that will be taken towards the show or Maire.
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