It finally ended on 25 November. At least from the current perspective. Thomas Gottschalk (73)’s last “Wetten,das..?” Happens on stage. The TV veteran explained in an interview with the German “Zeit” why and that this time it really is the last time. “I am now considered the father of men’s jokes, which I never wanted to be. For quite some time I have been viewed as an old, white guy who doesn’t understand anything. I don’t want to be conspicuous in my old age. According to the motto: He said stupid things again,” Gottschalk says openly and honestly. The socialization of youth today is different compared to their times.
And this is definitely the last time “Bet, he..?” This is goodbye forever. Which doesn’t mean completely withdrawing from the scene. Gottschalk says: “I will definitely do things that make you say: Why is he doing this? But I won’t go into the woods or go to the ‘summer house of the stars’.
And the big show “Wetan, Das..?” The reason for the end? “I better stop before I start grabbing women by the knees and causing a stir,” says Gottschalk. He also feels “a certain fear” of going against the spirit of the times.