“You don’t want to talk too much, but also not too little,” says political professional Gregor Gysi. He now avoids talk shows whenever possible: “They are exhausting and spoil evenings where you could do nicer things.”
Left veteran Gregor Gysi suffers from great tension in TV talk shows even after countless appearances. “You don’t want to talk too much, but you don’t want to talk too little either, and then you often don’t know beforehand whether you’re going to get into a position where everyone else will attack you,” the 74-year-old told the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. He used to like to take part in television programs to improve his public image, but today he doesn’t do it.
“In the 1990s, many people in the country rejected me as a politician,” said Gysi. “But I thought I was nicer. The talk shows were the way to gain acceptance.” In the meantime, he is happy that he is only rarely invited to talk shows: “They are exhausting and spoil evenings when you could do nicer things.” In addition, the short time is compelling everyone involved to a certain superficiality. “Today I’m the foreign policy spokesman for my group and I can’t always say ‘no’.