ARCHIV - 13.04.2022, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Essen: Thomas Gottschalk, Moderator, steht bei der RTL-Oster-Produktion «Die Passion» auf dem Burgplatz auf der Bühne. (zu "Gottschalk: Junge Generation ist «so ängstlich auf Erfolg bedacht»") Foto: Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

By his own admission, the entertainer Thomas Gottschalk has very little to do with young people in the entertainment industry. “I have to be careful not to waste all my time insulting any reality stars or YouTube influencers because I don’t believe in them,” said the moderator in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” on Wednesday. “That’s the big danger I’m in right now, that I’m constantly thinking, ‘Are you really serious?’

Above all, he misses the courage to say something wrong in the younger entertainers. “All these people with five million followers between the ages of nine and eleven, you realize every time they open their mouths that they are thinking of all their five million followers and just don’t want to do anything wrong.”

He never worries what people might think of him. “The young generation today is so soft-boiled and so anxious about success. She’s under so much pressure. I’m sorry.” He used to insult live singers or editors on the radio – “that was possible back then, as long as the listeners thought it was funny.”

At the beginning of his career he himself went through the “hard school of entertainment” and, for example, advertised the zigzag sewing machine for the Hertie department store chain, said Gottschalk. Just like his fellow actor Mike Krüger from the “Supernasen” films, who tinkered through the villages with his guitar case. “This hard school connects, and that’s what the reality doddles lack today.”