Thomas Gottschalk

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Thomas Gottschalk (2018)

Thomas Johannes Gottschalk (born May 18, 1950 in Bamberg ) is a German radio and television presenter as well as entertainer and actor . He was especially featured as the presenter of the television show Wetten, dass ..? known in German-speaking countries.


Youth and education

Thomas Gottschalk was born as the son of the lawyer Hans Gottschalk (* 1902 in Kaulwitz near Namslau in Upper Silesia , † 1964 in Kulmbach ) and his wife Rutila (* 1922 in Groschowitz near Oppeln ; † 2004 in Kulmbach) in Bamberg. He has a three years younger brother named Christoph and a ten years younger sister named Raphaela Ackermann . The family was expelled from Upper Silesia and settled in Kulmbach in Upper Franconia . Gottschalk was an altar boy in the Kulmbach parish church of Our Lady . In 1971 he graduated from the humanistic Markgraf-Georg-Friedrich-Gymnasium in Kulmbach. In addition, he worked as a DJ in a dance hall in Kulmbach and gave tutoring, as well as working as a child and youth supervisor for the Catholic parish . A scholarship from the Cusanuswerk enabled him to study German and history for primary and secondary school teaching at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . There he joined the Catholic student association KDStV Tuiskonia Munich in the Cartell Association of Catholic German student associations , a non-striking association.

Early radio career

From 1971 he worked as a freelancer for Die Servicewelle von Radio München at Bayerischer Rundfunk ( Bayern 3 ). In 1973 he became a spokesman for the Abendschau news . In 1976, after a detour to Münchner Merkur, he got a permanent position at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and increased his fame as a presenter of the radio program Pop nach Acht (on Bayern 3). He chose the instrumental piece Pelican Dance as the theme song . At the beginning of the 1980s, Frank Elstner brought him to the German radio program of Radio Luxemburg , where he went on air as “Mister Morning” and from September 7, 1980 also hosted the RTL hit parade . In 1983 he went back to the BR, became head of Bayern 3 and moderated a. a. until 1989 the B3 radio show in the afternoon. Gottschalk took over the first part of the program between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., after which Günther Jauch moderated it for 90 minutes .

Early television career

In 1976 Gottschalk made his breakthrough on television with the music clip show Szene , which was later called Pop Stop and was accompanied by the clown Anthony Powell and his pantomime slapstick interludes.

In 1977 Gottschalk moderated the telephony program Telespiele , which was first broadcast on Bavarian television and then on Erste . Together with Carolin Reiber, he led through the German preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 and 1980 . In April 1980 the formation GLS-United , consisting of Thomas Gottschalk, Frank Laufenberg and Manfred Sexauer , reached number 49 on the German charts with the rap song Rapper's Deutsch .

From 1982 to 1984 Gottschalk was the presenter of the music show Thommys Pop Show , which ran on the ZDF pre-evening program and featured video clips of current hits. In addition to nine episodes lasting almost one hour, there was a special pop festival in the Dortmund Westfalenhalle in December 1983 and 1984 in the evening program, each under the title Thommys Pop-Show , at which musicians and bands performed live. This was continued from 1985 to 1992 under the title Peters Pop-Show with Peter Illmann and then until 1993 as ZDF Pop-Show with Kristiane Backer .

From 1982 to 1987 Gottschalk hosted the program Na sowas! , for which he received the Golden Camera in 1986 . Gottschalk was known for his spontaneous conversations and his - by the standards of the time - loose clothing (jeans and Mickey Mouse T-shirt, shorts and slippers, shirt and suspenders without a jacket).

In 1989 he commented on the Eurovision Song Contest 1989 in Lausanne for ARD .


From 1981 Thomas Gottschalk shot the also successful entertainment films Pirate Channel Powerplay , Die Supernasen , Zwei Nasen tanken Super (an allusion to the long noses of the two actors) and Die Einsteiger together with Mike Krüger . It was followed by Mama Mia - don't panic , Tender Chaoten , Tender Chaoten II , A woman named Harry and Trabbi goes to Hollywood . He was also seen in films such as Sister Act 2 (1993), the Helmut Dietl film Late Show (1999), the Til Schweiger comedy 1½ Knights - In Search of the Adorable Herzelinde (2008) and in the comedy The zookeeper (2011).

In the movie Joe & Max (2002) he appeared as a producer. In 2004 he lent his voice in Garfield as the voice actor for the main character Garfield . He was praised by many critics for his dubbing work , but did not take on the role in the sequel. His voice was also known as Baby Mikey at Look who's talking! .

Bet that..?

Gottschalk at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (2005)

On September 26, 1987 Gottschalk took over the show Wetten, dass ..? From the shower finder Frank Elstner . . With the exception of a brief interruption from September 26, 1992 to November 27, 1993, when Wolfgang Lippert led through the show, he moderated the show until December 3, 2011.

Gottschalk contributed significantly to the long-term success of the show, which was one of the most successful in German-speaking countries and one of the last remaining Saturday evening shows . Gottschalk's trademarks were primarily his relaxed manner and daring clothing. From October 2009 until his resignation, Michelle Hunziker was at his side as co-moderator.

Thomas Gottschalk received pro Wetten, dass ..? -Follow a fee of 100,000 euros. Gottschalk was one of the best-paid personalities on German television for decades.

In the 192nd edition of Wetten, dass ..? On December 4, 2010, the competition candidate Samuel Koch was seriously injured, the show was then canceled. In the following broadcast on February 12, 2011, Gottschalk announced at the beginning that after the end of the current season he would be doing his job as the presenter of Wetten, dass ..? will quit. After Samuel Koch's serious accident, he could not continue as before. Since then there has been "a shadow on the show" for him, which does not allow him to "find his way back to the good mood" that the audience "rightly" expects of him, explained Gottschalk.

The bets that ..? - Edition on April 30, 2011 from Offenburg was his last regular broadcast. On June 18, 2011 he performed the big summer show on Mallorca . In the fall of 2011 he hosted three more programs in which bet on 30 years that ..? was looked back. The last of these three broadcasts took place on December 3, 2011 in Friedrichshafen . Thomas Gottschalk moderated a total of 151 programs. His successor was Markus Lanz from October 2012 to the end of 2014 .

In mid-March 2019, ZDF announced that Thomas Gottschalk would publish a one-time edition of Wetten, dass ..? On the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2020 . will moderate on November 7, 2020 from Offenburg. This was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

Eurovision Song Contest

In the event of a losing bet that ..? -Saalwette announced Gottschalk to take part in the preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Hanover. The song What Happened to Rock 'n' Roll with Gottschalk as the singer was released, but there was no appearance at the preliminary decision. The organizers had previously granted him the right to succeed.

Activity in private television

From 1990 Gottschalk also worked for the private broadcaster RTL . There he presented a personality show until 1992, which was simply called Gottschalk . At the same time he was program director of the Munich private broadcaster Radio Xanadu . From 1992 to 1996 and 1999 to 2000, Gottschalk hosted the Disney Film Parade , which was also broadcast by RTL at the time. Mostly classics were shown here and new Disney films presented.

From September 1992 to April 1995 Gottschalk hosted his own late night show , Gottschalk Late Night , initially together with TV dog Dicker, for which he was awarded the Golden Camera in 1994. In the press material for the program, the broadcaster made the reference to US models clear and specifically named the presenters there, Johnny Carson , David Letterman and Arsenio Hall . In three years of production, the series experienced several editorial changes and changes in content. Nevertheless, Gottschalk and his successor Thomas Koschwitz laid the foundation for other programs such as Die Harald Schmidt Show , TV total and Johannes B. Kerner and achieved higher ratings than these subsequent formats.

Following his work at RTL, he also worked for the private broadcaster SAT.1 for a few years . His biggest project there was the show called Gottschalk's House Party , of which over 50 episodes were broadcast from 1995 to 1997. The last broadcast brought it to 6.5 million viewers. Furthermore, the program Gottschalk comes on Saturday afternoon ran from 1996 to 1999 .

Return to ZDF

After leaving Sat.1, Gottschalk returned entirely to ZDF. Since then, his main activity has focused on Wetten, dass ..? , he also moderated various other programs at irregular intervals.

From 2001 to 2011 he presented the charity gala Ein Herz für Kinder once a year , at which money is collected for the campaign of the same name. Most of the donations came from the special donation broadcast on January 17, 2010 on the occasion of the earthquake in Haiti , at 17,859,462 euros .

In summer 2005 he moderated the series Gottschalk & Friends , where he invited prominent guests and private friends to look back on his own life so far. Each broadcast had a specific motto. The last of the eight episodes ran on July 9, 2005.

On August 28, 2005 and August 26, 2006, he hosted the program Die Cleversten - The great three-country check , in which teams from the three German-speaking countries of Germany , Austria and Switzerland compete against each other.

Between 2002 and 2004, ZDF broadcast ten episodes of Gottschalk America.

In April 2008 he hosted the program Musical Showstar 2008 , in November 2010 and in October 2011 the award ceremony for the Echo Klassik .

In 2009 and 2010, Gottschalk moderated the ZDF annual review Menschen . However, due to his switch to ARD at the beginning of 2012, he only performed two programs.

Change to ARD

In July 2011 it was announced that Gottschalk was moving to ARD in January 2012 after his engagement with ZDF ended. Since January 2012, he has hosted Gottschalk Live , a half-hour early evening talk show on ARD, four times a week , in which Gottschalk received mostly prominent guests from the areas of lifestyle, entertainment and culture. In addition to entertainment, the program also dealt with the current topics of the day. Gottschalk Live was broadcast before the Tagesschau and initially broadcast live from Berlin from a studio near Gendarmenmarkt . The broadcast was recorded from April 2012. Due to a lack of audience interest, the show was discontinued on June 6, 2012.

Return to RTL

On June 22nd, 2012 it was announced that Gottschalk would switch to the RTL channel and participate in the program Das Supertalent there. From September 15, 2012 to September 15/16 December 2012 he sat next to Dieter Bohlen and Michelle Hunziker on the jury. In March 2013, however, he announced that he would no longer have a seat on the jury in 2013. With the end of Gottschalk Live , he is contractually able to work for another broadcaster.

On May 22, 2013, RTL announced in a press release that Gottschalk would remain with the broadcaster and would moderate other show formats in the future. In addition, RTL secured exclusivity vis-à-vis the public television broadcasters.

In the live show Die 2 - Gottschalk & Jauch gegen alle , which was broadcast on RTL for the first time on September 9, 2013 , Thomas Gottschalk and Günther Jauch competed against several studio candidates, the studio audience and TV viewers. It was moderated by Barbara Schöneberger until it was hired at the end of 2017 . In the summer of 2018, the follow-up program Because they do not know what happens , in which Günther Jauch, Thomas Gottschalk and Barbara Schöneberger always randomly find out who is moderating the program and which remaining moderators compete against prominent guests in various games. Thorsten Schorn acts as the game director and referee .

On January 3rd and 4th, 2014 he hosted 30 Years RTL - The Big Anniversary Show with Thomas Gottschalk .

In December 2013 it was announced that Gottschalk will be shown on RTL in a new TV format from February 2014. In Back to School - Gottschalk's big class reunion , the entertainer meets old schoolmates and former teachers of prominent guests. Two celebrities and their classmates have to compete against each other in quizzes and action rounds as well as in a final test. The show first aired on February 7, 2014 and ended after eight issues on June 12, 2015.

On June 5, 2016, Thomas Gottschalk hosted the live show Mensch Gottschalk - That moves Germany . A second edition aired on May 28, 2017. After this, the format was discontinued.

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas Gottschalk was part of the short-term TV format “The Quarantine WG - Welcome Home!” From March 23, 2020 . He discussed the current situation with Günther Jauch and Oliver Pocher via livestream on the Internet and also spoke to connected guests. After a total of only three editions, the show was discontinued after the third episode on March 25, 2020 due to a sharp drop in viewership.

Return to Sat.1

On November 25, 2016 it was announced that Gottschalk will be hosting the new family show Little Big Stars on Sat.1 from spring 2017 . However, he will continue to be seen on RTL, as the contract with Sat.1 does not provide for exclusivity. Little Big Stars first aired on April 23, 2017 and, after three issues, ended on May 7.

Return to Bavarian Radio

From 2013 to 2015 Thomas Gottschalk was sporadically to be heard again in cult evenings (Sundays, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm) together with Fritz Egner on Bayern 3 .

January 8, 2017 to December 1, 2019 Thomas Gottschalk moderated live every first Sunday of the month from 19 to 22:00 on Bayern 1 the show Gottschalk - Bayern 1 Radio Show .

From March to December 2019, Gottschalk chatted a total of four times with writers about their new publications in the book show “Gottschalk reads?”, Which was tailored to him and broadcast on Bavarian television late on Tuesday evening. In December 2019 it became known that Gottschalk would give up all regular broadcasts on Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Commitment to the SWR

Since January 16, 2020, Thomas Gottschalk and the SWR3 radio presenter Nicola Müntefering have been providing a fortnightly podcast called “Podschalk”. In the first 25-minute podcast the interlocutors dealt with Gottschalk's relationship with the social media and his early youth contact as an altar boy at the time still called " Nick Negroes ".

In addition, since January 13, 2020, he has been moderating the Monday music program “Gottschalk & Zöller” together with Constantin Zöller . The two-hour radio show will take place from 1:00 p.m. Since May 15, he has hosted the radio show Gottschalk's Playlist every second Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other projects

In 1983 Gottschalk appeared for the first time with a commercial for the model railroad manufacturer Fleischmann as a testimonial on commercial television and in 1987 in another commercial for McDonald’s . From 1991 to 2015 he promoted Haribo . In October 2005 Gottschalk received an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the "longest relationship with an advertising company". He also promoted Deutsche Post AG with his brother Christoph . Thomas Gottschalk's advertising activities are bundled in his companies Bread and Games and Dolce Media . Sometimes it is enough to appear without giving your name, so the face shown (with a red background, 2018) can be seen at a hearing aid manufacturer.

Gottschalk was a presenter between 1997 and 1998 under the label Die Kulmbacher Filmnacht (also: The long Kulmbacher Filmnacht). Guests were among others, Iris Berben , Senta Berger and Günther Jauch. In this format, major feature films were broadcast free of advertising on SAT.1 .

Thomas Gottschalk worked for Tele 5 from 2007 to 2011 . He was exclusively available to the broadcaster and the Tele München Gruppe (TMG) as a consultant, idea generator and presenter for content in the field of feature films, cinema and new media. Among other things, he moderated various regular formats for new cinema films.

For the Austrian private broadcaster ATV , he recorded the programs with Thomas Gottschalk at the opera ball and with Thomas Gottschalk at beach volleyball in 2010 .

Altogether, Gottschalk participated twice in Wer wird Millionär? -Celebrity Special. In 2001 he won 500,000 DM, in 2008 he won one million euros with the help of Marcel Reich-Ranicki , who stood by him as a telephone joker when he answered the final question. Besides him, only Oliver Pocher and Barbara Schöneberger won the maximum amount in this special. The proceeds went to the non-profit foundation RTL - We help children .

Gottschalk has been a representative of the Haribo Racing Team at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring since 2009 .

On April 27, 2015, the book Herbstblond : Die Autobiographie was published by Heyne Verlag , in which Gottschalk tells from his life. He gave readings in several German cities. A second book under the title Herbstbunt: Who only gets old, but not smarter, is pretty stupid was published on September 2, 2019.

Gottschalk has been the patron of the Windsbacher Boys Choir since October 2019 .


In 1976 Gottschalk married Thea Hauer , who was five years his senior from Nuremberg and who he met in 1972 at a Munich medicine ball. At that time she was working for an advertising agency. With her he shared a preference for a striking style of clothing. Son Roman was born on November 5, 1982. The family lived in Weßling in Upper Bavaria . In 1989 the Gottschalks adopted their son Tristan.

To allow the children to grow up undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of the media, the family moved from Lake Weßling to Malibu in California in the mid-1990s . In a forest fire in November 2018 , his property there, bought in 1993, burned down, the value of which was more than 10 million euros. An autograph of the poem Der Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke burned with the house . Gottschalk sold the property in July 2019.

Marienfels Castle

On November 16, 2004, Gottschalk acquired Marienfels Castle in Remagen am Rhein . He had the building renovated and moved in in the summer of 2006. At the end of January 2013 it was announced that Gottschalk had sold the property to Frank Asbeck .

On July 12, 2000, Gottschalk, who has Silesian roots, took part in the opening of the Upper Silesian Eichendorff Culture and Meeting Center in Lubowitz and made a donation of 50,000 DM. In the 2009 Bundestag election campaign, he advocated a black-yellow coalition .

Gottschalk became a grandfather for the first time in May 2010, and again in January 2018. In March 2019, it became known that Thomas and Thea Gottschalk had separated from them some time ago. At the same time, there was a report about Gottschalk's new love, Karina Mross, a 12 years younger employee of the SWR . Gottschalk now lives in Baden-Baden .



Former / Unique

  • 1976–1979: Scene, The First
  • 1977–1981: Video games, Das Erste
  • 1978–1979: 18-19 music, BR television
  • 1980–1983: Pop Stop, BR television
  • 1981: Stars in the ring , Das Erste
  • 1982–1984: Thommy's Pop Show , ZDF
  • 1982–1987: Well, something! , ZDF
  • 1987–1992, 1994–2011: bet that ..? , ZDF
  • 1989–1991: The 2 in the second, ZDF
  • 1990–1992: Gottschalk, RTL
  • 1992–1995: Gottschalk Late Night , RTL
  • 1992–1995, 1999, 2003–2008, 2015–2016, 2020: Golden Camera , ZDF
  • 1992–1996, 1999–2000: Disney Filmparade , RTL
  • 1992–1997: Let's Have a Party, ZDF
  • 1995–1997: Gottschalk's house party, Sat.1
  • 1997–1998: The Long Kulmbacher Film Night, Sat.1
  • 1996–2000: Kinder Wetten, dass ..?, ZDF
  • 1998–2000: Gottschalk is coming, Sat.1
  • 1999: Michael Jackson & Friends, ZDF
  • 2000: Gottschalk's TV world, ZDF
  • 2001–2011: A heart for children , ZDF
  • 2002–2004: Gottschalk America, ZDF
  • 2004, 2008: German Television Award , ZDF
  • 2004: 50 Years of Rock, ZDF
  • 2004–2005: Gottschalk moves in !, ZDF
  • 2005: Gottschalk & Friends, ZDF
  • 2007–2011: Gottschalk's film column - I love cinema !, Tele 5
  • 2009–2010: People , ZDF
  • 2009–2011: Gottschalks Classics, Tele 5
  • 2010: The night with Thomas Gottschalk and Anna Bosch, Tele 5
  • 2010–2011, 2016–2017: Echo Klassik , ZDF
  • 2012: Gottschalk Live , Das Erste
  • 2012: Das Supertalent , RTL - as a juror
  • 2013–2017: Die 2 - Gottschalk & Jauch gegen alle , RTL
  • 2014: 30 years of RTL - the big anniversary show, RTL
  • 2014: 60 years of rock & pop, RTL
  • 2014–2015: Back to School - Gottschalk's big class reunion , RTL
  • 2015: Autumn blonde - Gottschalk's big birthday party, RTL
  • 2015: 40 years of music videos, RTL
  • 2016: Gysi and Gottschalk - The n-tv annual review, n-tv
  • 2016–2017: Mensch Gottschalk - That moves Germany, RTL
  • 2017: Little Big Stars , Sat.1
  • 2017: Nena - Nothing missed, ZDF
  • 2018: Gottschalk's big '68 show, ZDF
  • 2018–2019: Opus Klassik , ZDF
  • 2018: I know everything! , Das Erste - as an expert on The Beatles
  • 2018: The ARD New Year's Eve Concert, Das Erste
  • 2019: 50 years of the ZDF hit parade , ZDF
  • 2019: Gottschalk's big 80s show, ZDF
  • 2019: Gottschalk reads? , BR television
  • 2019: The substitute teacher, VOX
  • 2020: The quarantine flat share, RTL
  • 2020: Happy Birthday, Thomas Gottschalk !, ZDF


  • 2002: Golden Camera Entertainment - Harald Schmidt - satirical evening entertainment at a high level
  • 2008: Award of the German Entertainment Prize DIVA - Maximilian Schell
  • 2016: Thank You Maestro Mehta Charity Gala - Zubin Mehta for her 80th birthday



Thomas Gottschalk has firmly established himself in the German media landscape and is one of the most famous people in German-speaking countries. He helped shape television and its style. Harald Schmidt said of him: "Thomas Gottschalk invented being cheeky on television." However, this also polarizes and is controversial.

For example, the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote about its program Gottschalk & Friends in 2005:

“If it had been a test broadcast by a newcomer, he would have been politely complimented in the direction of the exit. Because there is nothing worse for a moderator than to be asked by a guest in front of the camera if he is listening. "

On the other hand , wrote the following about the same broadcast:

“What was to be expected - and even Thomas Gottschalk knew in advance: Criticism rained down immediately after the broadcast. "Schreiberlinge" asked in more or less sophisticated reports why this man was the best moderator in Germany. Rather, the impression remained that those journalists only like to beat Gottschalk in order to distinguish themselves. Because the show wasn't really bad. The conversation with Mike Krüger was entertaining, the show acts put people in a good mood and in the interview with Robin Gibb it became clear again that Gottschalk is a welcome host to the world's greats. "

The three-country check was heavily criticized. In addition to technical errors, it was criticized that he was insufficiently prepared for the broadcast.

The online magazine writes :

Armin Rohde was no less annoyed when host Gottschalk rushed over to him shortly before the end and, due to lack of time, went straight to the crude self-promotion for a ZDF film with Rohde. He then waited for the usual short one-player, which did not come. Gottschalk couldn't even think of the date on which the film would be shown, although Rohde had mentioned it seconds beforehand. Had Gottschalk listened, he would not have had to unsuspectingly ask his editors in the huge studio when this ZDF film was now running. "


Gottschalk at the inauguration of his star on the Boulevard der Stars in Berlin (2012)
With the German Television Award, 2018

Gottschalk has been an honorary citizen of his hometown Kulmbach since 2001, and in the same year he received the Bavarian Order of Merit . Gottschalk has received numerous awards for his work, including the following prizes:

Gottschalk returned his three Bambi awards (1983, 1984 and 1987) in 1988 “out of annoyance about the reports in Burda papers” ( Ute Lemper , Klausjürgen Wussow and Katarina Witt did the same). In 2001 he received the trophies again as part of his fourth honor. Gottschalk received 2011 for Wetten, dass ..? another Bambi as “TV event of the year”. Since Gottschalk's villa in the US state of California , where he kept all of his Bambis, was destroyed due to ongoing forest fires , he received a "special award" at the 2018 Bambi Awards.

The “Bavarian Order of Merit”, which was destroyed in the fire, was also replaced.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
What Happened to Rock 'n' Roll (& the worried fathers)
  DE 4th 03/05/2001 (8 weeks)
  AT 63 03/04/2001 (3 weeks)
  CH 39 03/04/2001 (5 weeks)


  • 2001: What Happened to Rock 'n' Roll (& the worried fathers)



Web links

Commons : Thomas Gottschalk  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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