The award-winning talk show "Chez Krömer" is surprisingly discontinued. The current episode with comedian Faisal Kawusi, which ended in a small scandal, is the last in the series, as the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) announced on Monday.
The show ends after seven seasons and 41 episodes. Host Kurt Krömer (48), whose real name is Alexander Bojcan, was quoted by RBB as saying: "For me, it's time for new artistic adventures. It was clear to me that "Chez Krömer" is not a format that will run forever. I was surprised that it ended up being 41 episodes after all. My need for assholes is covered with it.” The program attracted a lot of attention nationwide and won many fans in the media library.
In the last show with Faisal Kawusi, the situation had come to a head. Krömer broke off the conversation several minutes before the end and left the stylized interrogation room. Then he said in front of the cameras: "Today is the day when I think (...) that I'll go home and see if I might reconsider the concept." Then he got up and left. It was initially unclear whether this event was related to the end of the format.
The interview, which is available in the ARD media library, dealt, among other things, with an Instagram comment by Kawusi on the subject of knockout drops, a statement criticized as racist about the "Let's Dance" juror Motsi Mabuse and a comedian's tour poster commemorating the fatal 2020 arrest of George Floyd. Kawusi stated that he was not racist and was not hostile to anyone else. The parents of the 31-year-old come from Afghanistan and came to Germany in 1989 as political refugees. Kawusi was born in Hesse in 1991.
In 2019, together with producer Friedrich Küppersbusch and his company probono.tv, Krömer developed the idea of an interrogation in a very small space for the “Chez Krömer” show concept. In the series, celebrities and politicians answered the moderator's questions.
The guests included ex-“Bild” editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt, former Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), former AfD party leader Frauke Petry, rappers Sido and Bushido.
In 2020, Krömer received the Grimme Prize for the first time. In 2022, he and Torsten Sträter each received a Grimme Prize for their conversation with "Chez Krömer" about depression.
RBB emphasized: "The relationship between RBB and Kurt Krömer has also been clarified beyond the four interrogation walls – they are and will remain friends."