TV presenter fired over low-cut dress

Last updated 15:02 11/10/2013
Gozde Kansu
FIRED: Turkish TV presenter Gozde Kansu.

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The presenter of a Turkish music television game show Veliaht, Gozde Kansu, has been dismissed by channel ATV after only one episode, following comments by a prominent politician over a low-cut dress she wore on the show.

In the most recent episode, which can still be viewed online, Kansu wore a black top that exposed a modicum of her cleavage.

This seemingly innocuous costume choice drew criticism from Huseyin Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) which holds government in Turkey.

Speaking on a rival television network the following day, Celik commented on the costume worn by an unnamed presenter during an unnamed TV program the previous evening, saying he found the dress "extreme" because of its open cleavage.

"It is unacceptable," he said according to The Hurriyet Daily News, before stating that the government was not intending any formal action.

"We don't intervene against anyone, but this is too much."

Soon afterwards, Kansu's name was leaked as the unnamed host and rumours spread that she had been fired.

Without naming Kansu, Celik took to Twitter on Wednesday to suggest the discussions following his remarks were "ill-intended".

"I never named a show or a person," he wrote. "It was the media who alleged the names. This is a general sensitivity."

Celik also asserted his fundamental right to express an opinion on issues as an individual, viewer and politician.

Zaytung.com were quick to point out that Celik was seemingly less concerned about the dress code at a recent awards ceremony.

The Hurriyet Daily News reported that Veliaht producer, Caner Erdem, at first said nothing had been resolved regarding Kansu's fate, noting only that she might not appear in the program next week "due to her busy schedule".

Following further discussions between the channel and the producer however, Kansu's dismissal was confirmed on Tuesday.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Veliaht production company denied Kansu was fired over her dress, instead saying they no longer wished to work with Kansu due to her presentation style, which was not in line with the show's aims.

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