sports saved him from depression…and saved his career!

Olivier Minne went through a complicated dip. (Photo by Eric Fougere/Corbis via Getty Images)

At the wheel of the program “Le club des invincibles” this Saturday, June 4, 2022, Olivier Minne finds the viewers of France 2 a few weeks before the return of “Fort Boyard”. Become essential in the public service, the host went through a real malaise a few years ago. He almost fell into a depression.

In the 80s, Olivier Minne entered the television world not in front of the camera, but behind it. In addition to his studies in classical languages, he was first an assistant cameraman at RTL Television, then a board member of Antenne 2: after that he was responsible for sorting the archives and preserving the cassettes. A post that allowed him to get to know the one who would become his lucky star, Anne-Marie Tournier, who encourages his colleague Jacqueline Joubert to give him tests.

In 1991, the very young Olivier Minne, strong in his physique as a young first, presented his first broadcasts on France 3, taking over the broadcasts “Les Mondes Fantastiques” and “Génies en herbe”, then went on to projects.. Until the late 90s, where he encountered a bad place that would jeopardize his career and his mental health.

Video. Olivier Minne was chosen for Fort Boyard thanks to his physical transformation

He wasn’t that popular anymore

After several years of exposure, he finds himself on more confidential projects and his popularity rating collapses. Guest on the program “There is not just one life in the life on Europa 1”, the host spoke about his difficulties in regaining his place in the spotlight: “Television was nice to me, sometimes cruel and a few times very violent “, he says. “I was having a hard time. I was out of money, couldn’t afford my rent and food. I saw people around me who I thought were friends and turned their backs on me.”

His decision was then made: he left France for the United States, to rebuild himself. “I was not a star, I was a little famous, but unfortunately enough for me to be a little annoyed in the supermarket or on the street, by people who said to me without malice: ‘We won’t see you anymore'” (. ..) And it reminded me that I had been abandoned by those I thought were friends. So I preferred to leave.”

Los Angeles, sports and the fight against depression

After considering settling in New York, he finally puts his bags down on the West Coast. “I went far to LA instead of New York. Because in LA, when I woke up and started my day, Paris fell asleep. Let me fall asleep.” The perfect way to break ties.

In Here in Paris columns he revealed a few years ago that he had changed his lifestyle there: “I had the impression that this crossing through the desert would be endless. Suddenly, instead of sinking into alcohol or depression, I I started exercising.” His goal was not “to try to change his appearance”, he told Europe 1, only to “resist the temptation of depression”. He told the team: “As soon as I had a weakness, I took refuge in the gym. It was an initiation path for me to get closer to myself. And I very quickly discovered that, not content with dispelling these fears, working on my body allowed me to reconnect with myself.”

A resounding comeback and lasting success

A year and a half later, Olivier Minne finds France Télévisions, and his new silhouette opens new doors for him. “It wasn’t until I got back on television that I felt the way other people looked at me had changed.” In 2002, it became Pyramid’s keyword in the new version of the show. The following year, he was given the keys to Fort Boyard. For 6 years he co-hosted the show, first with Sarah Lelouch and then with Anne-Gaëlle Riccio. He has been hosting alone since 2010 and his popularity continues to grow, making him the figurehead of the public service in many ways.

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