The Universal Magazine

Michel Drucker: Never Retiring?

At 81 years old, Michel Drucker is more determined than ever to continue his long television career

Michel Drucker, an iconic figure of French television, has recently reversed his decision regarding his planned retirement for 2025. In an interview with Télé-Loisirs, he stated that the idea of retiring is now "no longer relevant".

Initially announcing his retirement in 2025 during an interview with Var Matin, Michel Drucker, faced with health issues in 2023, had expressed the desire to step down after the end of Delphine Ernotte’s term, the president of France Télévisions. However, it seems that the veteran of the French audiovisual landscape (PAF) has found a new lease on life.

"Passion does not tire," asserts Drucker, justifying his decision to continue his career. He highlights his ability to speak to all generations, illustrated by his participation in the music videos of contemporary artists such as Julien Doré or Bigflo & Oli. This decision is supported by Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez, Delphine Ernotte’s right-hand man, who encourages Drucker to continue as long as he feels capable and the audience remains loyal to him.

The year 2024 promises to be a busy one for Michel Drucker. He will continue to host Vivement dimanche on France 3 and will launch a new daily show, Quels jeux, alongside Léa Salamé on France 2. This turnaround and these new projects testify to Drucker’s vitality and unwavering commitment to the television industry, even after more than five decades of career.