Turkish TV presenter fired due to decollete dress after AKP spokesperson’s criticism

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A television presenter has been dismissed due to her décolleté after ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik slammed her outfit.

Çelik criticized the presenter’s costume during a TV program without giving a name, saying he found her dress “extreme” with its cleavage.

“We don’t intervene against anyone, but this is too much. It is unacceptable,” he said.

Following Çelik’s remarks, it was revealed that the host in question was Gözde Kansu, who was taking part on the show “Veliaht,” and rumors spread that she had been fired.

The show’s producer, Caner Erdem, yesterday said nothing had yet been resolved, adding that Kansu might not take part in the program next week due to her busy schedule.

However, after discussions between the channel and the producer, Kansu’s dismissal was confirmed.

Çelik said today that the discussions following his remarks were “ill-intended.”

“I never named a show or a person,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “It was the media who alleged the names. This is a general sensitivity.”

Çelik also said it was his fundamental right to express his opinion on issues as an individual, viewer and politician.

 

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