‘The Voice of Holland’ Suspended From Dutch TV Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The Voice of Holland, the original version of the global successful singing competition format, has been pulled from the air due to claims of “extremely severe and disturbing” sexual misbehavior by members of the show’s production crew.

The show’s bandleader, Jeroen Rietbergen, resigned on Saturday, according to a statement posted by the Dutch news service ANP. He acknowledged “sexual connections” with ladies participating with The Voice of Holland and stated that he “exchanged sexually graphic communications” with the women. 

Rietbergen stated that he did not feel he was abusing his position of power throughout the production, and he apologized “to the ladies involved for things I should never have done.”

Reitbergen stated in his statement that the instances occurred many years ago and that he has since sought professional counseling, although he did not elaborate on the therapy.

 Reitbergen has been in a love relationship with Linda de Mol, a Dutch TV celebrity and the sister of The Voice founder John de Mol, for almost a decade. Linda de Mol did not respond to a request for comment.

The claims of misbehavior were revealed as a consequence of an investigation by BOOS, a news show on Dutch public broadcaster BNN/VARA.

The Voice of Holland is the first edition of the singing-contest franchise launched in 2010 by John de Mol and Roel van Velzen. The show generated dozens of local variations all around the world, including an NBC version that won seven Emmys. The Voice of Holland’s 12th season debuted on January 7.

In 2015, ITV purchased John de Mol’s production business Talpa, gaining the rights to The Voice and taking overproduction of the many versions of the program throughout the world. 

It is unclear if the alleged misbehavior at The Voice of Holland occurred before or after the purchase by ITV.


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