Turkish TV presenter sacked after comments on her ‘unacceptable’ clothing

An AKP spokesperson said that Gözde Kansu’s outfit was “extreme.” (Photo courtesy: Facebook)

A television presenter in Turkey has been dismissed after she received complaints over a low-cut top that she wore on a television program, reported the Daily Mail on Wednesday.

Gözde Kansu’s dismissal came after criticism from ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik.

Çelik criticised the host’s attire during the “Veliaht” TV program without naming her, but said that he found the outfit “extreme” because it revealed too much 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 presenter in question was Gözde Kansu.

Kansu’s dismissal was later confirmed by France 24.

However, the company that produces the Turkish show released a statement on Oct. 9, denying that Kansu was fired due to her low-cut dress.

According to the statement, the company said it no longer wanted to work with Kansu after the first episode because her presentation and style were not in line with the show’s aims, reported France 24.

Çelik responded to the outcry over Kansu’s dismissal but said that it was his fundamental right to express his opinion as an individual, TV viewer and politician.

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

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