“For me it has always been the show of the year!” With these words, the lieutenant colonel said Gunter Gauch Farewell Sunday evening 25 years after hosting RTL’s annual show People, Pictures, Emotions. “The show has always been the one I was most excited about,” the 65-year-old said at the end of the show, which was broadcast live from Hürth. He bid farewell to him with the song “Jauch-Song” specially composed for him by rapper Echo Fresh. To the surprise of the moderator, the audience wore cardboard masks with Gauche’s face printed.
Other notable guests at Gauch’s Final Show of the Year were Lukas Podolsky, Boris Becker, Bushido and Oliver Bucher. Farewell, tennis star Alexander Zverev gifted the 65-year-old the racquet he won Olympic gold in Tokyo this year. Farewell greetings also came from Gauch’s longtime colleagues Barbara Schonberger and Thomas Gottschalk. While Schöneberger was sending a salute over the cell phone, Gottschalk surprised his friend in the studio and congratulated him on the show’s 25th anniversary. Several cuts reminded of past highlights, such as a visit by star Robbie Williams.
As guests on current issues, one of the guests was an affected person and a volunteer from the flood areas. Activist Theresa Brewer, co-founder of Kabul Air Bridge, reports on the rescue of vulnerable people from Afghanistan, explained chemist Benjamin List, this year’s Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, as part of his research.
Finally, Jauch spoke about the coronavirus pandemic with CDU politician Wolfgang Schäuble, who spoke in favor of compulsory vaccination on the show. “If not everyone does it voluntarily, we need a legal regulation,” said the former president of the Bundestag.
At the end of the program, Jauch said goodbye with wet eyes and the sentence: “I’m not out of the world.” The 65-year-old wants to continue coordinating the audition program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? As previously said according to the RTL announcement.
Gauch first moderated the RTL retrospective on December 15, 1996. From 1989 to 1995 he previously presented the annual “People” review on ZDF.
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