Funny aside or nasty saying below the belt? Moderator Thomas Gottschalk (72) drew the anger of singer Sarah Connor (42) on Instagram with a sentence on live TV. What happened? Connor had to cancel her planned appearance on the RTL review "2022! People, Pictures Emotions" with Gottschalk and ex-minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (51) at short notice due to illness.
In the studio, however, she was briefly connected by phone and reported there in a snuffled voice that she had caught a "bad cold". "I'm sorry I can't be there, I would have loved to come." Connor also announced her illness via Instagram story and wrote there: "Unfortunately, there was nothing to do with singing today. Had to cancel the RTL annual review with a heavy heart. But look from the bed."
Thomas Gottschalk took this refusal as an opportunity for a rough joke. After hearing about Connor's cancellation, he said to his employees: "It was a shitty year, but there is also good news: Sarah Connor canceled." Connor didn't let this tip sit for long and also immediately countered via Instagram: "Ok, what was that just now?" In English she wrote: "Everything happens for a reason."
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In addition to the Connor scandal, numerous people who had shaped the past year appeared on the show, which Günther Jauch (66) had ceded to Gottschalk and zu Guttenberg after many years. Among them was eight-year-old Amalia, who moved millions of people around the world with her interpretation of "Frozen" from a bunker in Ukraine. She sang the song "Let it go" live in the studio and provided the most emotional moment of the show.
Other guests were on site or connected: Kiev Mayor Vitali Klischko, Finance Minister Christian Lindner, war reporter Paul Ronzheimer, the actors Antonia Riët and Wotan Wilke Möhring, lottery winner Chico, the soccer players Lena Oberdorf and Alexandra Popp and the singer Marius Müller -Westernhagen. Gottschalk and zu Guttenberg shared the topics among themselves and took turns presenting their guests.