The return of Ximo Rovira, the host of ‘Tómbola’ who denies the most imitated program

Ximo Rovira He turned 62 on October 10. As a gift, the legendary presenter of Tombola He was able to celebrate just one day before his return to Valencian public television after the closure of Canal Nou and being banned for several years. The new autonomous community called À Punt has reopened its doors because the new managers who arrived after the political change of the last elections want to hold hearings with elements known in the Valencian Community.

The man from Madrid was the friendly face of Tombola in the more than seven years that it was broadcast in several autonomous regions, with audience ratings that on many occasions were close to 50%, a chimerical figure today for a talk show but that they achieved many times between 1997 and 2004 with controversial moments that marked a quarter of a century ago the new path, for better or worse, not only for the characters of the heart but for the programs that until then were called social chronicles. The high caches charged by interviewees such as Chabeli Churches, Carmina Ordoñez, Lequio, Pocholo o Barbara Rey They allowed the journalists moderated by Ximo, the good clown, to be much more incisive than what we had seen until then. Jesús Mariñas, Lydia Lozano, Karmele Marchante, Jimmy Giménez-Arnau o Angel Antonio Herreraled by the latter’s wife, Carmen Rodelighted the viewers, so scandalized that they did not move or change the channel during the almost five hours that the format lasted.

Ximo Rovira remembered the pink program when promoting the new evening magazine We are from home with the Dalinian sofa of pink lips that saw parade the best of the Spanish heart and was a precursor of the Where are you Love of Jaime Cantizano, Pink Sauce, Dolce Vita o Sálvame Deluxeamong others.

However, nothing remains of that then revolutionary project in We are from homewhich is an adaptation of a Galician format that, in turn, is a twist to the evening offerings of Juan and a half in Andalusia and Ramon Garcia in Castilla-La Mancha, subscribers to serve as cupids for the elderly.

Rovira premiered on Valencia Community Day with guests for all tastes and not a trace of the heart that began to take on an unusual height when at the premiere of Tombola her uncomfortable godmother, Chabeli Iglesias, was leaving the forum. “I’m leaving, I’m ashamed of your program and these people are rubbish,” said the daughter before the dialectical shrapnel of the unforgettable Jesús Mariñas, who disfigured her little knowledge of the land of flowers, light and love: “Well the paella is from Valencia, the Fallas too and you are fat”. Almost nothing.

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Renouncing Tombola

Ximo Rovira himself acknowledged last year that he was not Tombola according to a public television: “If you ask me if I think it’s okay for a program of these characteristics to be on public television, I am clear that no, it should not be on public television, it would have to be on private television. Not even the television had “Nothing to do with the guidelines of public television, nor does Valencian society have anything to do with it. I am still judged for it when I have been in the profession for 38 years and I have to accept this stigma that is placed on me.”

The communicator made these statements after learning that those responsible for À Punt prevented him from presenting the Valencian version of the regional contest. Catch Me If You Can “due to unprofessional criteria, prejudices or even sectarianism,” according to the showman lamented. “The Governing Council makes a legitimate and democratic vote, but it discredits the professional judgment of a handful of professionals, including me. I am not an icon of trash television, I presented an entertainment program that worked very well and gave the network a lot of money “he assured.

Rovira made the decision “with sadness, but with Olympism. It has been my home for a long time and I was excited. This creates a precedent and I am not saying it for myself, but if this cross has been placed on me, why not “Can they give it to others without professional criteria? It makes me feel bad, because I understand that a non-professional form has been applied and that hurts me.”

The remains of Tombola

Bárbara Rey entering the set to insinuate that she had a relationship with Juan Carlos de Borbón, Pocholo Martínez-Bordiu throwing a glass of water at Karmele Marchante because she claimed he was a “camel”, Jesús Mariñas telling Karmele to shut up… In the recent history of Spanish television has a golden page Tombola, which for years marked the pink agenda while destroying audiometers. With the passage of time, and after being imitated by Telecinco or Antena 3, which with Pink sauce o DEC guests were stolen from him, he ended up dying almost 19 years ago.

In November 2004, with little noise, this format died and Rovira was forced to conduct other tasks on Valencian public television and radio until their closure, a decade ago, pushed him to sign for a local television station of his own. land, Levante TV, where he has remained while he combined it with some programs for Antena 3. Rovira says that being banned by À Punt on behalf of Tómbola affected his personal life, since it left him “very touched.”

The tertullians

The death last year of the alma mater of TombolaJesús Mariñas, makes any attempt to return to a format that exalted, among others, Lydia Lozano, now recycled as a traveler of the Every man for himself which Netflix will premiere on November 10.

Lydia has become, with the permission of Antonio Sánchez Casado, Aurelio Manzano and Josep Sandoval, the last pink survivor of Tombolasince several of his colleagues have distanced themselves from the heart: Jimmy Giménez-Arnau acts as a noisy political analyst in OkdiarioÁngel Antonio Herrera remains on the air as a member of various topics on Public mirror and Karmele Marchante does not want to know anything about the world of colorín.

Marchante walked away from the heart in 2016 after abruptly breaking up with Sálvame. Regarding the program, she reported that she suffered “harassment, mobbing, gender and psychological violence, and continuous humiliation (…) In the program, I lost count of the number of times they called me a whore. It is an adjective that is applied to us too many times in life. women. They have called me that on the subway, on Facebook and, without going any further, in my last job on television, in Save me. There they called me a whore, a slut, and disgusting and they did it every day in front of the management without anyone doing anything. There are recordings of it,” he said.

The journalist added: “In the programs in which I have worked by mistake, television is death. As I said before, everything is harassment, bullying, mistreatment, humiliation or not being listened to and being ridiculed for being a woman and a feminist. There came a at a time when not even money could endure what I had to endure. That’s why I left.” before disappearing Save meMarchante said that it was “the television that has a sexist, womb-renting and exploitative leadership on whose sets only men are served, even if they were authentic centurions.”