It’s been almost 30 years since David Hasselhoff became a household name with the success of the ’80s action series “Knight Rider” on NBC. Since then, he’s gone on to headline the international success “Baywatch,” have a huge singing career in Europe, become one of the judges on NBC’s hit “America’s Got Talent” and had the dubious honor of being the first dancer eliminated on the just-ended season of “Dancing With The Stars.” And then, of course, there are the tabloids, where “The Hoff” has regularly appeared for years but the most notable instance being the infamous video that was leaked in 2007 featuring him in a drunken stupor.
It’s because of all the ups and downs in his long career that the entertainer realized it was time to set the record straight on everything about him and that arrives this weekend in the form of “The Hasselhoffs.” In the A&E reality series, Hasselhoff guides his two daughters, Haley and Taylor Ann, through the rough terrain of show business and also lets cameras in on their life together as a close-knit family. Our Jim Halterman rang up Hasselhoff in New York City, where he was promoting the new show on the New York-based talk shows to find out more about the new series.
Jim Halterman: How did the show come about in the first place?
David Hasselhoff: I was doing a show called “Tales of the Hoff” and it was kind of like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Ryan Seacrest and I went into business together and it was over at E! I couldn’t really do a reality show because of “America’s Got Talent” and then E! didn’t want to do anything scripted. A&E called and said they wanted to do a show. I was more interested in doing scripted, they said they weren’t interested in that but then I said, “What if I was to do a show about me being a single dad raising two kids and living a life where sometimes it’s unfair about the press but also about being honest with myself and my kids as well as helping them pursue their music and follow their journey being my daughters?”