Mourning for a great TV host: Alfred Biolek is dead, he died on Friday, as his adopted son Scott Biolek-Ritchie said. The former TV presenter and talk show host has fallen asleep peacefully in his Cologne apartment.

Mourning for a great TV host: Alfred Biolek is dead, he died on Friday, as his adopted son Scott Biolek-Ritchie said. The former TV presenter and talk show host has fallen asleep peacefully in his Cologne apartment.

Biolek (“Bio’s Bahnhof”, “alfredissimo”) is considered one of the pioneers of talk shows and cooking shows in Germany. In early reactions, the television industry bowed to the television veteran. Biolek had been in poor health for a long time. He was 87 years old.

ARD President Tom Buhrow said: “With Alfred Biolek we are losing complete talent on German television.” He was not only a gifted talk show host, but also a source of ideas, a discoverer and a promoter – and extremely creative. ZDF satirist Jan Böhmermann (“ZDF Magazin Royale”) also bid farewell to the television legend. “Goodbye, Bio!” The moderator tweeted and added a big red heart to the text. Böhmermann, who recently hosted his own cooking show (“Böhmi sizzles”), had just explained a few days ago how much he admired Biolek’s old cooking show “alfredissimo”: “I watch old episodes of Biolek on YouTube. They’re fantastic. “

ARD’s Program Director Christine Strobl recalled: “Having conversations with ease and spirit and never getting too close to her guests was her great gift. Her cooking programs and shows such as ‘Bio’s Bahnhof’ , “Boulevard Bio” and “alfredissimo! “standard in television entertainment. He will be sorely missed.”

Filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim also spoke. He posted a black and white photo of Biolek on Facebook and wrote – garnished with three red roses -: “In memory of Alfred Biolek. Sincerely, Rosa.” A public event put him in touch with Biolek. Praunheim had publicized Biolek’s homosexuality on television in 1991 – in his absence. Biolek initially thought it was “unfair”, but then rejoiced. TV presenter and screenwriter Micky Beisenherz tweeted that Biolek was “really the best.” “What he was already offering in the 1970s could still be broadcast today without any problem and (it would be) innovative.” Rapper Smudo (Die Fantastischen Vier) paid tribute to the television pioneer in a similar direction. “Rest easy. Thank you for bringing Monty Python to Germany,” he wrote. Biolek had helped promote the group of British comedians in the Federal Republic.

The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, also praised Biolek’s social commitment. The TV presenter was “a sensitive person with a big heart, rooted in his home country” and with a “world view,” the CDU candidate for chancellor wrote on Twitter. In Cologne, the city where he last lived, Mayor Henriette Reker (non-party) wrote a letter to express her condolences to relatives. “Alfred Biolek was always and everywhere in search of something that brings people together. This attitude has been the key to his success”, writes the mistress of the town hall. “The manner of his communication, with which he conveyed a high degree of appreciation to the interlocutor, was an extraordinary and wonderful gift that many of his guests confirmed to him.”

Biolek’s career was closely linked to the WDR. With Rudi Carrell, he developed the Saturday evening show “Amlauf Band”. At the same time, he acquired his first moderation experience in the “Kölner Treff” and in 1978 obtained his own program, “Bio’s Bahnhof”. After that, he was constantly present on German television for 30 years. It was his own brand with three letters: Bio. His time didn’t end until 2007 with the last episode of the cooking show “Alfredissimo”, in which he stood in the kitchen with guests, chatted and tasted wine for many years. “My time is over now,” he said at the time. In 2010, the artist suffered serious head injuries when he fell from a spiral staircase and fell into a coma. Since then he had lived in Cologne in a very secluded manner.