Channel one bans Druz and Ber from participating in TV-show
The TV-channel called the actions of What?Where?When? guru and Who wants to be a millionaire? chief editor “unethical and inadmissible.”
Channel one has stated Aleksander Druz and Ilya Ber were banned from What?Where?When? and Who wants to be a millionaire? TV-shows, reports RBC. The TV-channel called the actions of Druz and Ber “unethical and inadmissible.”
Channel one believes the actions of Aleksander Druz and Ilya Ber are “unethical and inadmissible.” They intentionally made the TV viewers ‘prisoners’ of their suspicions towards each other, as well as dozens of their colleagues on TV invloved in creation of the TV-show,” the TV-channel stated. Channel one representatives noted the situation with accusations of bribery had damaged the reputation of What?Where?When? TV-game and the TV-channel on the whole.
The channel explained Ber and Druz were banned by the producers of the TV-shows, and the executives of Channel one backed the proposal.
CEO of Krasny Kvadrat media holding that is responsible for producing What?Where?When? guru and Who wants to be a millionaire? Ilya Krivitsky stated the chief editor Ilya Ber “did not have a right to carry out ‘investigative experiments’ during the nationwide TV airtime - no matter what kind of benevolent intentions he had.”
“The outcome of the game with Aleksander Druz was annulled; the prize is not going to be paid,” Krivitsky emphasized. He added that Ber is going to be banned from the show for an indefinite period.
Krivitsky was backed by a co-founder of What?Where?When? Natalia Stetsenko. “Whoever is right in this conflict, they could not put it across each other during the nationwide TV airtime,” Stetsenko stated. She stated Druz is going to be banned from participating in What?Where?When? for an indefinite period.
Channel one noted that on February 17, there’s going to be an episode with Druz, having explained that on technical grounds, the issue recorded on January 31 is not going to be aired live.
Ilya Ber stated he’s satisfied with the decision about his dismissal and believes it’s fair from the TV-channel’s point of view. “I have a lot of interesting projects to work on. This is just minus one project for me,” he said.
The scandal related to the bribery attempt on Who wants to be a millionaire? erupted on February 12. Ilya Ber reported Aleksander Druz had tried to bribe him: offered to help him win 3 million rubles by providing him the answers in advance. In exchange, Druz promised to share the prize with Ber. As proof, Who wants to be a millionaire? chief editor provided audio recordings of his talk with the guru and demanded that the latter would leave the show and pay comission to the International association of the club of this game where Druz holds office as the chairman.
Druz stated that it was Ber who had offered him the bargain, and he just “played nice.” Druz confirmed the authenticity of the audio recordings.