Gottschalk Late Night
Dec. 3, 1994
Rod Taylor made an appearance on this German talk show hosted by popular
TV personality Thomas Gottschalk.
Gottschalk hosted "Gottschalk Late Night" from 1992 to 1995. It wasn't
a popular show, especially compared with the host's other work, but it paved the way for
other late-night fare. Plus, it launched the career of Heidi Klum, who was
the winner of the Model '92 Competition featured on
"Gottschalk Late Night."
Gottschalk was hugely popular on European
TV thanks to a show called "Wetten, dass?" ("Wanna bet?"), which he
hosted from 1987 until his retirement in 2011. It aired seven times a year and was seen in all of
the German-speaking countries, making it a major European
phenomenon. It consistently drew high ratings.
His star status in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland prompted
Gottschalk to move his family to southern California in 1987. There,
he enjoyed a level of anonymity impossible in his homeland --
and it's likely that's where he crossed paths with Rod Taylor.