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In a statement, Talpa says that after the last conversations, it has been decided to return the much-discussed talk show on SBS6. Today Inside went off the air on Thursday 29 April after Derksen, and Genee and Van der Gijp in his wake, indicated that they no longer wanted to sit at the table. The reason was the national commotion that arose after the now infamous candle story van Derksen about transgressive behavior in a woman some fifty years ago.

“As a result of the broadcast, many pulled their hands off Johan. Radio stations, theaters and, in his opinion, also Talpa”, says Marco Louwerens, TV director. “We made it clear to him that we did not cancel him, but that we took a crystal clear position against the way in which he wanted to make his point clear and how the response was subsequently and how the subject was handled.”

‘Step too far’

Louwerens, by the VI– trio invariably called ‘director’, says he knows that the men now and then walk on the edge. “And that typifies the program, but this was obviously a step too far in several respects. As far as we are concerned, Johan has clearly distanced himself enough from what went wrong. The choice to stop was his, but it has now become clear to him that even the biggest critics think that a program like Today Inside should have a place in the Dutch media landscape.”

And Talpa shares that opinion: “Today Inside remains a program where, among other things, discussions and conversations about various (sensitive) topics are held in public.”

Confusion

On Wednesday there was a lot of confusion about the possible return of the program when Derksen told several media, including to The Telegraphhad confirmed that Today Inside would appear on the tube again from Monday. In a short statement, Talpa, who possibly wanted to keep control, let it be known that Derksen had spoken out of turn.

„The reporting regarding a return of the program Today Inside on SBS6 is premature. We had a good conversation with the men last Sunday to look back in peace on the past few weeks and what happened,” said a spokesperson for Talpa.

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After bicycle accident: Cas Jansen back to work at GTST | TV

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His role is temporarily taken over by Wouter Zweers, who can therefore be seen as that character for the first time from Monday. Zweers is according to RTL Boulevard until the summer cliff hanger to be seen as Julian Verduyn.

Jansen announced at the beginning of May that he had almost recovered from the accident with his e-bike. His teeth are “completely whole again,” he said in a video on Instagram. “It really feels like a victory, after two months it is now fully recovered.”

‘Teeth discomfort’

The accident, in which he fell with his head on the asphalt with “a very hard blow,” shook his life “quite a bit,” he wrote in the video. “A broken jaw, chin, hand and a lot of tooth discomfort made me realize how vulnerable we are.”

Jansen returned in 2019 after a twenty-year absence in GTST† He previously played the character between 1996 and 1999.

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Johan Derksen does not apologize for candle incident

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Johan Derksen offers no apologies for the ‘candle story’ that he previously told Today Inside. In the first broadcast since the program went off the air, Derksen said that he will not say “sorry”, but that it was not his intention to hurt “people who have been really affected by sexual violence”.

In the earlier broadcast of the program, Derksen said that half a century earlier he had penetrated a drunk and unconscious woman with a candle. In the broadcast he called it a “youth sin”. He later weakened his story, saying that there had been no penetration. Derksen, Wilfred Genee and René van der Gijp decided to stop the program after a few days of great commotion.

According to Derksen, people at talk show tables have demanded that he apologize. However, the presenter stated that he has “already distanced himself” from his story in the broadcast. He held up his middle finger at the camera, a gesture addressed to “all the people on talk shows saying” that he should apologize.

Derksen also said in the broadcast that he spoke with State Secretary Gunay Uslu of Culture and Media about the ‘candle incident’ and the commotion about it. It was “a very pleasant conversation”, according to Derksen. “Mrs. Uslu has stolen my heart,” he said. “We have agreed, we will not blow the whistle on the conversation.”

The analyst said he had never been as busy as after the offending broadcast. The day before the conversation with Uslu, he made an appointment with Talpa boss John de Mol and he also had a conversation with the vice squad in Groningen, according to Derksen. There he was told that the case is “barred”. Finally, he said about the ongoing investigation that an official report has been drawn up. “They have heard my story”, and now it is decided what to do with it.

A group of demonstrators gathered on Monday evening in front of the studio where Today Inside is being recorded, at the media park in Hilversum. They protested the return of the program to television. People carried signs and banners with texts such as ‘Rape culture inside’, ‘No platform for rape culture’, ‘Put that candle in your own ass’ and ‘No buhne for racism sexism’.

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Cynical Derksen about the OM investigation: ‘I don’t sleep a wink’

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Johan Derksen does not seem particularly concerned about the investigation that the Public Prosecution Service is conducting. ,,So an official report has been drawn up, they have heard my story and now he is going to decide what he is going to do with it. Well, you understand that I don’t sleep a wink,” said a sarcastic Derksen tonight in Today Inside, which returned to television tonight after two weeks of absence.

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