From talk show host to shadow figure – that’s what the show host became

From talk show host to shadow figure - that's what the show host became

“We didn’t know how to make TV”

The natives of Lower Saxony were in front of microphones at weddings with striking silver curls. Celebrities from around the world were queuing up when Germany’s sly gray media star asked for an interview. Boldly moving forward, breaking new ground and tackling things without thinking too much beforehand: Hans Meisser’s great strength propelled the 1993 Bambi Prize winner to the top in his early professional years: “We had no idea that How to watch television but you can still cook something delicious with food that’s already expired 14 days,” Meisser recalled his debut on television six years ago in a “Spiegel” interview.

Hans Meiser is now 76 years old. (Source: Imago/Christophe Hardt)

In his open and carefree manner, Hans Meiser drove very well for a long time. However, at some point, the tide turned. Years after the humiliating end of RTL (broadcasters no longer renewing moderator contracts – without justification), Hans Meiser suddenly made headlines with questionable advertising campaigns for financial products and published content on a controversial online portal that That was linked to conspiracy theories and right-wing populist views: “Before I’m a conspiracy theorist, Pope is personally Mohamed,” the once famous talk show host told the news magazine “Focus” three years ago. grumbled during the interview.

Evidence of emotion could never be presented, and yet the talk show protagonist, who had been carried through TV land 30 years earlier, remained chained to a pillar under a banner that read “Conspiracy Theorists”. and right-wing populists”. As a hardworking worker who has always had more to do with his own creative workloads than the information archives of his business partners, the now 76-year-old often finds himself mired in the downfall of his media career. Thirty years ago no one would have thought of such a development. At that time, the world of TV was still at the feet of Hans Meiser. Classic Case: Everything was better in the past.

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