Worse could not have happened to him at a worse time. Just seven months after Jean-Pierre’s death, while Nathalie Pernaut is still in full mourning and it seems difficult to overcome the void left by her husband, she was the victim of a violent assault.
It will undoubtedly leave significant psychological scars, because the sudden violence of the attack deeply shocked Nathalie. With her character and the words she spoke, she also clouded the memory of the king of the JT. The curtain has fallen. After the many tributes paid to her disappearance, an old grudge suddenly rebounded. Everything started from there and led to an irreparable act.
The suffering it caused will likely never be forgiven by JPP’s widow. Verbal attacks are sometimes harder to overcome than physical ones, and the one that hit Nathalie Pernaut was devastating because it came from a man who was close to her husband: Jacques Legros.
A very sudden attack
He and Jean-Pierre have been dating for nearly twenty-five years. Friendly bonds were thought to have developed over the years. It was nothing. In his book Behind the screen, 40 years in the heart of the media, published by Editions du Rocher, the journalist coldly decides his late colleague: “We weren’t friends. “He goes even further and tackles with severity what he has replaced since 1998:“ Being his joker for twenty-four years without an editorial confrontation is a source of pride. But I know he couldn’t wait to comment on my diary.
He never spoke to me directly, ”he says with sentences full of allusions. “He wanted to keep the leading role and pushed the team more than necessary,” says Jacques Legros. He increasingly wanted to take control of the entire newspaper. I was starting to seethe inside, until one day I exploded, gathered my things and went back to the parking lot and to my car. Since he wanted to do the newspaper for me, come and do it! Upon discovering these words, Nathalie was indignant. In the name of her love for her, she wanted to react to this posthumous attack and decided to put things right on the show. The Morning without a filter on Virgin Radio: “I had completely hallucinations and, above all, Mr. Jacques Legros forgets that he is just his joker.
With courage, he wanted to react
(…) Who, for more than thirty years, has been setting the tone for 1pm and to whom have the listening results been attributed? Wounded, she continues and reveals that the joker was not ashamed of making “whore shots” to the king of the JT: “During the confinement, Jean-Pierre had to have fifteen minutes on the air. And each time Jacques Legros made longer and longer subjects. Towards the end, he only had six minutes left on the air! ”
Disgusted, disappointed and saddened by this violent attack on her late husband, Nathalie notices the inelegance of the process, what it hides in her opinion and its repercussions: “It feels like post mortem jealousy. What a disrespect for our grieving family! I really ask myself the question: why this unpacking? To sell this book? Fortunately, JP is gone. And frankly, it’s better, because we would have had a shock. They weren’t actually friends, but JP highly valued him as a colleague, and often defended him with TF1. “He then concludes on this unpacking that the reporter would have purposely wanted to create the buzz by swinging clear information about the French’s favorite presenter” for his book to sell. ”
Undoubtedly significant psychological sequences
Unfortunately, it is a frequent advertising technique to “reveal” a private or surprising fact to ensure a good audience for a book, a film or a show. In light of Jacques Legros’ book, we then listen to his tribute during the disappearance of Jean-Pierre Pernaut and we finally realize that he had only evoked their “own vision of France”, but that the prankster never spoke of friendship. And some, in the corridors of TF1, admit that they are not surprised by this attack and do not hesitate to suggest that Jacques Legros would have hoped for twenty-four years to be able to sit one day in his colleague’s chair …