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"Could he have spared himself": TV legend criticizes Gottschalk's "Wetten, dass..?" -Farewell

2023-12-07T12:21:20.601Z

Highlights: "Could he have spared himself": TV legend criticizes Gottschalk's "Wetten, dass..?" -Farewell. ZDF: Future of the show seems open – although the Kaulitz brothers now claim they will take over "wetten..?" ZDF also commented on this: "He could have spared them. We live in a free society where there is free speech. If you let some idiot shut your mouth and are afraid of shitstorms, you should buy weatherproof clothing"



Status: 07.12.2023, 12:57 p.m.

By: Jonas Erbas

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At the end of Thomas Gottschalk's "Wetten, dass..?" farewell were the famous last words. But they didn't go down well with a prominent colleague.

Cologne – It was the biggest TV farewell of the year: On November 25, Thomas Gottschalk (73) hosted his last "Wetten, dass..?" shipment at all. This time there would be no turning back, as the legendary show master had let slip at the end of the evening.

This is how Thomas Gottschalk justified his "Wetten, dass..?" -From

Because Thomas Gottschalk's farewell words on "Wetten, dass..?" were abundantly clear. In his closing speech, the 73-year-old listed the reasons for his show's end – and made no secret of the fact that he considered the way he articulated himself to be outdated: "On television I always said what I said at home. Now I talk differently at home than I do on TV – and that's not a great development either."

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He "prefers not to say anything at all" before he causes a "shitstorm", according to Thomas Gottschalk in his "Wetten, dass..?" farewell, which was watched by more than 12 million TV viewers. One of them was TV presenter Frank Plasberg (66), who had presented the political talk show "hart aber fair" on Das Erste from 2001 to 2022. Gottschalk's last broadcast was "great", enthuses the Cologne-based journalist in an interview with dwdl.de.

Frank Plasberg criticizes Gottschalk's "Wetten, dass..?" -Farewell words

However, the praise is followed by criticism: "Gottschalk's parting words were the weakest part of the show, however," Frank Plasberg also strikes a harder tone – and explains: "He could have spared them. We live in a free society where there is free speech. If you let some idiot shut your mouth and are afraid of shitstorms, you should buy weatherproof clothing."

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Thomas Gottschalk's farewell words on "Wetten, dass..?" did not go down well with everyone: TV legend Frank Plasberg considered the closing speech to be the "weakest part of the show". © Arnulf Hettrich/Revierfoto/Imago

In fact, Thomas Gottschalk's memorable farewell caused mixed feelings – effusive praise was followed by a lot of criticism, some of it from prominent quarters. The future of the show seems open – although the Kaulitz brothers now claim they will take over "Wetten, dass..?" ZDF also commented on this. Sources used: dwdl.de, "Wetten, dass..?" (ZDF/ZDFmediathek; Issue of 25 November 2023)

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