Gottschalk retires from “Wetten Dass” after accident with Samuel Koch


“Wetten Dass” (Bet it/ Wanna bet?), Europe’s most successful TV entertainment show is just running first time again this evening after the serious accident during the show last year. Entertainer and presenter of the show, Germany’s famous TV host Thomas Gottschalk announced at the beginning of the show, that he will discontinue being the host for “Wetten das” in summer. The show broadcasted live from the Spain Island Mallorca at June, 18 will be the last time him moderating Europe’s most widley watched TV show, Gottschalk said in a very personal statement at the beginning of tonight’s show.

Gottschalk leaves the show after 25 years beeing its host. He said, that there is a big shadow now over the show. “I can not continue presenting the show with the same good mood I did over the last years”, he said. “Yet at the same time, I do not want that you bring together the wonderful show and myself everytime only with the accident. For that reason I decided to continue moderating until the end of this season in summer, and I will say good bye at the sommer show in Mallorca”, he added. Wetten Dass is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. No word from neither Gottschalk nor ZDF about a successor.

Samuel Koch, who was seriously injured during the show in December started his rehabilitation in a specialist hospital at the “Bodensee”. He is still paralyzed and can not move his arms or legs. The doctors diagnosed him with two broken cervicals and see only minor chances that he will be able to move his arms and legs in the future.

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