Dirksen admitted Wednesday night on the show that he assaulted a drunk woman with a candle fifty years ago. This led to a serious public debate in the Netherlands. Thursday night, Dirksen tried to downplay the facts on the daily talk show, but on Friday afternoon it was announced that he would be stopping immediately on Today Inside. Co-commentator Rene van der Geep and talk show host Wilfried Jenny said afterwards that they did not want to continue the show under these circumstances.
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Thursday’s popular episode continues to attract over 1.3 million viewers. Vice program Het Roer Om pulled in just 352,000 viewers on Friday night, according to Dutch foundation KijkOnderzoek. Today Inside typically attracts between 800,000 and 900,000 viewers per day.
Starting Monday, SBS6 will be broadcasting older episodes of Chateau Meiland while Today Inside airs.