'I was victimized,' says fired Turkish TV host
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet
‘Sacrificing me was the easiest thing. A woman again,’ Kansu says.Gözde Kansu, the television presenter who was fired from a TV show after a government official criticized her low-cut dress, said her firing was political, as nobody at her station was “willing to stand against the political will.”
“Sacrificing me was the easiest thing they could have done and they did. A woman again,” Kansu said in an interview with daily Hürriyet, speaking for the first time in public after reports of her dismissal from private broadcaster ATV surfaced.
She objected to the show producer’s claim that said they had parted ways because “her way of presentation and style was not in line with the show’s aims.”
“Look, if they didn’t like my performance they would tell me, right? They are investing a lot of money in this business. But they didn’t tell me anything. When [Hüseyin] Çelik talked, things changed,” Kansu said, insisting that her presenting had previously been praised and encouraged by the producers. “This is only the excuse. The ratings were not bad. But nobody wanted to act contrary to political will that slammed my décolleté. This is obvious,” she said.
Çelik criticized Kansu’s costume during a TV program, without giving a name, saying he found the dress “extreme” because of its open cleavage. He defended his right to express an opinion and described the discussion on the issue as “ill-intended.”