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'De Tafel Van Vier' editor quits after controversy awakened discussions, SBS replies: 'Everyone has the right to make that decision'

‘De Tafel Van Vier’ editor quits after controversy awakened discussions, SBS replies: ‘Everyone has the right to make that decision’

After barely one broadcast table of four, the new talk show with Gert Verhulst, editor Elias Van Dingenen has resigned. In an opinion article on the morning He explains that the much-discussed controversy was the cause. “How could you be in another world?” he asks. Play4 says in a written response that both parties have already parted ways on good terms and that there is “always room for discussion” within the editorial team.

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There was great enthusiasm in Elias van Dingenen when he was allowed to work table of four. wrote in the morning.

He was still initially excited about his first day of work on Monday. The files were prepared for future episodes, the energy experts were questioned and the atmosphere was good. It felt like we started a solid program with a strong editorial team,” he writes.

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But disappointment soon followed. For the first episode, we wanted fried debate.” So the debate woke up screenwriter Raf Ngotia discussing this move with Gert Verholst and Margaret Hermanns, among others. Which, as many viewers noted, often dropped the n-word.

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“At 8pm I had to watch wistfully as my boss dropped the n-word about thirty times during a live broadcast on my first day on the job. I found it embarrassing and surreal, sitting in front of the big screen outside the debate studio. How could you be another world?” ”

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Van Dingenen left the studio that evening, in his words. “The next day I jumped on the train to Antwerp with less courage.” And when Verhulst didn’t even show up at the editorial meeting – “where I expected him to make a mistake” – the bucket was full. Apparently he didn’t think it was necessary to attend the debriefing from the first turbulent episode. So I resigned.

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Verhulst, who has been seen in the past few days at The smartest man in the world, he apologized in episode two, but van Dingenen didn’t think that was enough. “Sorry if I hurt youPut the blame on the viewer again. Because the apology is conditional. Only when you feel hurt you inflict them. Otherwise, nothing goes wrong. I think he could do better,” Van Dingenen writes.

Read the full column here.

Meanwhile, Play4 responded to Van Dingen’s column. “As we’ve seen and read in recent days, the awake debate is stirring up a lot in Flanders. Many opinions and sentiments we take very seriously, because diversity and inclusion are two important themes within the Play family that are being worked hard on – also behind the scenes.”

β€œIt is true that one of the editors decided to resign after a few days,” the book continues. Both parties parted ways on good terms after an open discussion. It’s always a shame for people to leave, but everyone has every right to make that decision. Along with everyone else on the show, Gert gives his best every day to deliver a good talk show. There is always room for debate and open conversation within the editorial team.”

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