Thomas Gottschalk announces all the guests – with a surprise

Thomas Gottschalk says goodbye to “Wetten,dass..?” this year.Image: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images


November 17, 2023, 11:47November 17, 2023, 12:01 pm

Jennifer Ullrich

On November 25, 2023, an era on German television will end: Thomas Gottschalk will broadcast “Wetten, dass…?” for the last time. moderate. His farewell should be commensurate with his status, with high-profile guests.

The 73-year-old already shared details a few days ago on the podcast “The Supernoses – with Thomas Gottschalk and Mike Krüger”. Helene Fischer, Shirin David and the world star Cher will be there.

Now the TV legend has made a follow-up on Instagram. In one post, more celebrities are asked “Wetten, dass…?” announced in November.

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“Great guest list, Hollywood was difficult because of the strike and Thanksgiving, but I’ll definitely go!” Gottschalk writes on social media in his usual flippant tone.

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The audience can look forward to Bastian Schweinsteiger and his partner Ana Ivanović. This means that the production manages to be a surprise, since the couple rarely appears together in public.

Matthias Schweighöfer is also on the guest list, as are Hazel Brugger, Jan Josef Liefers, Stefanie Stappenbeck and influencer Lena Mantler, who will also visit Gottschalk. Meanwhile, the musical program is completed by the British group Take That, but without Robbie Williams. The group now acts only as a trio, before they were a quintet.

Change in Gottschalk’s farewell

Thomas Gottschalk will moderate his latest edition of “Wetten,dass..?” But there is no bad blood between him and Michelle Hunziker. The animator recently explained to “Die Zeit”: “For me, Michelle was a pleasantly spontaneous colleague, a character I could play at any time., and then the balls flew back. “That’s always been incredibly important to me.”

FILE - November 19, 2022, Baden-Württemberg, Friedrichshafen: The two presenters Thomas Gottschalk and Michelle Hunziker come to the ZDF program

Gottschalk moderates “Wetten,dass..?” only in November.Image: dpa / Philipp von Ditfurth

On the occasion, he also hinted at the real reason for his departure: “At some point management came into play, fixed texts were requested on cards, nothing spontaneous anymore, rather a parallel moderation. That is something that I did not want nor did I want to need. “. He stressed that he himself never had management or security.

The moderator repeatedly talks about how there is a different public climate now than in the 90s. “Before I start shit storms because I’m grabbing women’s knees, I better stop doing it,” he says. In this sense, he also “takes flight a little” from “Wetten, dass ..?”.

Although Gottschalk received increasing criticism, revival shows featuring him achieved considerable ratings. An absolute peak in this regard could be reached again on November 25.

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