Reich-Ranicki accepts award under protest
Critic calls German telvision 'rubbish'
"I don’t belong here…among all this rubbish," said the irascible critic and author after taking the stage to give his acceptance speech. He went on to tear into German television, both commercial and public, saying there was nothing worth watching anywhere on the dial.
Reich-Ranicki hosted a book critique show on public broadcaster ZDF from 1988-2001.
It was up to the award show's host Thomas Gottschalk to save the day, cajoling Reich-Ranicki into accepting his trophy, albeit under protest.