On January 15th, the 12th season of "The Voice of Holland" (airing on RTL4) was indefinitely suspended in response to sexual misconduct allegations relating to the show. Jeroen Rietbergen, Linda de Mol's ex and bandleader on the talent show, is involved in some accusations.
As a showbiz expert on SBS6's entertainment news program "Shownieuws", Patty Brard discussed sex scandals on The Voice. The former Luv' singer didn't consider Jeroen Rietbergen's behaviour as a #MeToo situation and didn't believe in the bandleader's abuse of power.
Columnist Marcus den Blanken was shocked by Patty's comments and expressed his criticism on the January 18th episode of the AD Mediapodcast. "I can't believe that Patty Brard doesn't realize that what someone in his position did was an abuse of power... I'd like to say: "Patty Brard should never be invited on this program again," Den Blanken said. "She just made herself look so ridiculous. If she can talk such rubbish, she shouldn't appear on Shownieuws as an expert, right?" he added.
Marcus den Blanken explained why Jeroen Rietbergen was powerful on the talent show: "You have to know that Jeroen Rietbergen was on good terms with the head of the program. When these events happened, John de Mol was directly involved in The Voice with his production company Talpa. Jeroen Rietbergen was Linda de Mol's partner, so the brother-in-law of the big boss in a way. As a musician, he was a member of Soulvation, a duo with Ronald Molendijk (currently a music expert on Shownieuws), who is a very good friend of Erland Galjaard (married to Wendy van Dijk who hosted "The Voice of Holland" until 2019), who then took part in the same act as a DJ".
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Long story short: Patty didn't dare criticize Jeroen Rietbergen due to his relationship with De Mol family and Talpa. Indeed the diva's reaction was disappointing when she expressed her opinion on The Voice's controversy.
Source: AD Mediapodcast, Mediacourant.nl