|Intro||French television presenter|
|Is||Television presenter Radio personality|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||28 March 1970, Boulogne-Billancourt, France|
Benjamin Castaldi (born 28 March 1970) is a French television host, columnist, radio host and producer of Italian and Polish-Jewish descent. He is the former host of Secret Story which is a spinoff of Loft Story that he hosted as well.
Benjamin Castaldi was born into a family of artists, being the son of actress and writer Catherine Allégret and actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi. He grew up surrounded by his grandmother, actress Simone Signoret, his grandfather, director Yves Allégret, and the adoptive father of his mother, actor and singer Yves Montand. He has a half-brother, Giovanni and two half-sisters, Clementine and Paola.
Studies and professional debut
In the late 1980s, Benjamin Castaldi, who then aspires to become a businessman, begins studies in economics that turn short. He then applies for a position in a home meal delivery company, where he is finally hired as a salesperson. He then becomes director of the company, which ends up filing bankruptcy. Wishing to try his luck as a music producer, he moved to the United States where he plans to relaunch the career of singer Esther Galil. But it is a new failure and in 1993, he returns to Paris penniless. Meanwhile, in 1992, he participated as an "anonymous" candidate in the game Que le meilleur gagne presented by Nagui on La Cinq.
He married on 22 September 1993 in Saint-Mandé with Valérie Sapienza, the mother of his sons Julien (born 18 September 1996) and Simon (born 20 April 2000). They divorced in 2001. On 21 September 2002, he marries the television and radio host Flavie Flament (met in December 2000 on the show Les P'tits Princes, on TF1), with whom he has a son, Enzo (born 8 February 2004). They separated in December 2006 before divorcing in July 2008. On 24 November 2011, he married journalist and television host Vanessa Broussouloux in Copenhagen, Denmark. They divorced in May 2016 and 27 August of the same year he married an interview director of the company Endemol, Aurore Aleman, met in 2015.
His eldest son Julien joins The Mad Mag on NRJ12 as a columnist in 2017.
On 22 November 2017, he reveals on the plateau of Touche pas à mon poste ! having had a three-day affair with the French journalist Annie Lemoine.
On Saturday, 23 June 2012 it's reported that Benjamin Castaldi suffers from a collarbone fracture as well as two broken ribs, he leaves the hospital the next day. At the time of his accident he was hosting the French reality-series Secret Story which lead to the decision that television presenter Nikos Aliagas hosts the show while everybody waited for the pending return of Castaldi. Benjamin returns on air on Monday, 2 July, but his return will be short. It turns out that he has six broken ribs, and his collarbone does not heal properly, he is operated with urgence. The Voice of Secret Story takes over the hosting of the show.
Benjamin Castaldi was nicely paid during his run in TF1, it's to be noted that they are the leading channel in Europe.
In 2012, he discovers that he is ruined, claiming to be a victim of a real estate scam of the financial consulting company Apollonia. In 2017 Benjamin said he couldn't buy Christmas presents or do fun activities with his children anymore for a long time.
In December 2014, he publicly declared himself a victim of a scam that implicated a notary, a promoter and a bank. He claimed six million euros in court for compensation of damages he suffered.
1994–1997: Studio Gabriel présenté par Michel Drucker / France 2
1997–1998: L'Étoffe des ados/ La Cinquième
1997–1998: Drucker'N Co / France 2
1998: Le rendez-vous / La Cinquième
1998: Fous d'humour / France 2
1998–1999: Vivement dimanche présenté par Michel Drucker / France 2
1999: Célébrités / TF1 avec Carole Rousseau et Stéphane Bern
2001– 2002: Loft Story(seasons 1–2) / M6
2002: Popstars, spéciale L5 / M6
2002–2003: QI, Le Grand Test(editions 1 – 2) / M6 avec Mac Lesggy
2002–2003: Absolument 80, Absolument 70, Absolument Été / M6
2002: Mémoire, Le Grand Test/ M6 avec Mac Lesggy
2003–2006: Nouvelle Star(seasons 1–4) / M6
2003: Tous les oppose / M6
2003: Culture générale, Le Grand Test / M6 : avec Mac Lesggy
2004: Permis de conduire, Le Grand Test / M6 avec Mac Lesggy
2004: Le Pensionnat de Chavagnes : Ils disent tout ! / M6 avec Mac Lesggy
2005: Totale Impro / M6
2006: Johnny Hallyday, Flashback Tour 2006 à Bercy (Avant et après concert) / TF1
2006: Les 40 couples stars qui ont marqué les Français / TF1 avec Flavie Flament
2006–2007: Langues de VIP / TF1 2007–2008: 1 contre 100 /TF1
2007: Les 30 destins de stars les plus incroyables / TF1
2007: Les Rois du Système D/ TF1 – avec Églantine Éméyé
2007: Incroyables Destins / TF1
2007–2014: Secret Story / TF1 (seasons 1–8)
2007–2011: Le Grand Quiz du cerveau (editions 1–5) / TF1 avec Carole Rousseau
2007–2008: Le Grand Music Quiz (editions 1–2) / TF1
2008: 9e cérémonie des NRJ Music Awards / TF1
2009: Mes parents vont t'adorer / NRJ 12
2010: La Ferme Célébrités en Afrique / TF1
2010: Qui peut battre Philippe Lucas ? / TF1
2010: Les Stars se dépassent pour Ela / TF1
2011: La vie de Vynzkozy/ NRJ 12
2012: La Roue de la fortune / TF1 avec Valérie Bègue
2012: You Can Dance / NT1
2014: Tahiti Quest / Gulli
2014: The Winner Is / TF1
2015: Nouvelle Star / D8
2015: L'Académie des neuf / NRJ 12
2015: Super Million Question/ NRJ 12
2016: Equidia Life Academy / Equidia Life
2016–present: Touche pas à mon poste ! / C8
2016: Hold Up / C8
2016: Big Buzz Quiz / C8
2017: TPMP ! Castaldi vs. Delormeau : qui sera le meilleur animateur ? / C8
2017: TPMP ! Les paris sont lancés / C8
2017: Cash Island / C8
2017: TPMP, le jeu : C'est que de l'amour ! / C8 :
2017: Paris à nous les Jeux ! Le grand concert / C8 : with Hervé Mathoux and Marie Portolano
2017: Family Battle / C8
2017: La Magie selon Guényanimée par Maxime Guény / C8
2018: La Télé même l'été ! / C8
2018: TPMP ! Ouvert à tous / C8
2018: TPMP refait la semaine / C8
2018: TPMP fait son bêtisier !/ C8 with Kelly Vedovelli
2019: TPMP : les 10 plus gros clashs à la télé / C8
2019: TPMP : les 20 émissions préférées des Français / C8