The Today Inside program will return to television next Monday with Johan Derksen and Wilfred Genee and René van der Gijp. Talpa reports this in a statement on Thursday.
The three presenters decided to stop on April 29 after a storm of commotion about a confession by Derksen that he penetrated an unconscious woman with a candle half a century ago. He later recanted his story, saying there had been no penetration.
Confusion arose on Wednesday when Derksen said in the AD that the triumvirate would return to television on Monday. His buddy Van der Gijp stated in RTL Boulevard that he knew nothing about it and Talpa also stated that he found Derksen’s statements “premature”.
Paul Römer, radio and television director of Talpa, said on Thursday morning “not to take any responsibility” for Talpa’s statements. He did not want to give a text and explanation about the situation on NPO Radio 1, where he was a guest: “Everything you say is just fuel on the fire, quotes immediately start to lead a life of their own,” said the Talpa boss. .
Marco Louwerens, TV director of Talpa, states in a short statement that the company has taken a stand against the way Derksen told his story and the way he dealt with the subject. “We know that the men occasionally walk on the edge and that is typical of the program, but this was obviously a step too far in several respects.” As far as Talpa is concerned, the case is thus closed. “Today Inside remains a program where, among other things, discussions and conversations about various themes are held publicly.”
The riot shows similarities with a similar incident in June 2020. Then many people fell over a funny comment that Derksen made about Zwarte Piet and rapper Akwasi. Derksen then also said that he no longer wanted to participate in the program. However, he let it be known in his biography that John de Mol, Talpa’s boss, kept him to his contract. Talpa Network did not want to explain the question whether this also played a role in the past two weeks.
VI is the big hit of SBS6. Veronica Inside, as the program used to be called, attracted an average of around 620,000 viewers in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Since January 2022, VI can be seen daily on SBS6 and the average number of viewing figures is between 800,000 and 900,000.