Reich-Ranicki accepts award under protest

Critic calls German telvision 'rubbish'

COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany’s most famous literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki pulled a Marlon Brando Saturday night when he refused to accept his lifetime achievement award during the 2008 German Television Awards, the local equivalent of the Emmys.

"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.