The C8 channel was ordered, Friday, September 10, by the Paris Court of Appeal to pay more than 5.15 million euros to Thierry Ardisson for the sudden stop of his program “Hello Earthlings” in mid-2019, Agence France-Presse (AFP) learned, confirming information from the daily Le Parisien.
“It is not a triumph, it is the application of the law and it is the respect of morals in the business”, told AFP Me Jean Ennocchi, lawyer for the host. Asked by AFP, the channel of the Canal + group did not wish to comment on the decision.
Thierry Ardisson had launched “Hello earthlings! “ on Canal + in 2006 before migrating to C8 in 2016. The show was stopped in 2019, after the host refused to provide his shows for half the price, which he described as “low cost TV” .
“Sudden termination of business relations”
In January 2020, the Canal + group channel was ordered by the Paris commercial court to pay 811,500 euros to Thierry Ardisson for “Sudden termination of commercial relations”, the judges having then considered that the chain had given too short notice by deciding to stop the show on May 17, 2019, a month and a half before the end of the season.
The host, who claimed 6.8 million euros, had decided to appeal this decision, dissatisfied with the amount of compensation obtained.
This time, the C8 channel will have to pay 3,800,476 euros to Ardis, its production company, and 2,293,657 euros to Teleparis, the service provider who filmed the shows and in which Thierry Ardisson holds half of the shares (49.94% shares).
TéléParis will receive an additional 417,587 euros “As a result of the redundancies made following the sudden termination of business relations”, according to the decision that AFP was able to consult.
On the other hand, Thierry Ardisson and the two companies will have to pay C8 50,000 euros for their part. “In compensation for the violation of the confidentiality clause”.