David Hasselhoff: I Didn't Invent The Hoff

David Hasselhoff spoke to Yahoo! about his latest gig, not taking yourself too seriously, and, really, whatever else he wanted to talk about.

I was hoping you could explain this partnership with Clorox a little bit to me. The tone of this thing is a lot of fun. You know, my name is Hasselhoff, so I took the "hassel" out of the "hoff," and I [became] The Hoff. Now I'm taking the hassle out of cleaning and it’s a way to kind of interact with my fans and get in people’s faces in a fun way. There's has a new platform called Homejoy where you can actually order a maid. Actually, you can order topless maids out here in Hollywood, but they won’t let me do that. They sent me their ideas for the commercials and they’re kind of stupidly funny and overly crazy like my character The Hoff is. They don’t make any sense but they’re funny.

A lot of celebrities are doing the self-deprecating thing, but I feel like you were one of the first people who was willing to joke about yourself.When stuff comes out about you that sometimes can be devastating to your career, you either take it seriously or you slough it off and laugh at it and move forward. And I laughed at it because, 'Oh my God, they’re making this into such a big deal. Well, I’m going to make it into a big deal,' and so then it just spirals out of control. It’s like The Hoff, I didn’t invent The Hoff, The Hoff was invented by some secretaries in Australia and then they made all these jokes about, you know, Hasselhoff and "Hoffalicious" and "Hoff-crazy." And so I went down to Australia and they thought I would be offended and I wore a T-shirt that said "Don’t Hassle The Hoff." Bam! This brand has just taken off.Now are you really going to be cleaning people's homes? Yeah, I think that’s hysterical. I’ve done this before where I just knock on people's doors and they open the door and I go, "Hi! It's The Hoff! I’m here to help you clean. You want some help?" It's just really fun. I’ve been doing that basically all my life. I actually started when I was literally jogging in the Bahamas. A lady came out to get her mail and she said, "Oh, it's Knight Rider!" I said, "How are you? Got anything to drink in there? It's so hot here in the Bahamas." "Come on in, Knight Rider. Come on in!" Next thing I know, I’m in their house, her whole family comes home, the kids come home from school, it's just the loveliest family from the Bahamas and I ended up [going out that night] with the daughter to the blackest club ever. You know, I can get myself into any situation.Are you going to sing while you scrub? That's not a bad idea...

Yeah, give them a little jingle or something. That might make it fun. Maybe I can create the new Clorox jingle. [singing] Take the hassle out of cleaning when you pump and clean.

And then there are the royalties, so you'll be good to go for years.The royalties aren't important. The one thing in life I don't need are the royalties. The reason I do these things is because they’re fun, they’re entertaining, and they reach a wide audience. It’s funny, videos now, honest to God, I don’t think I’ve done any network videos. I’ve done now like 32 or 33 Internet ones and they just go wacko.

It's the future right? It's also the future of television. I have a film coming out called Killing Hasselhoff and that’ll probably go to Netflix and I have a TV series called Hoff the Record, it’s all going to be on the Internet and that’s what I want because then you can take your telephone, plug it into any television set around the world, and that's it. I live off my telephone, watching television series on the airplane.

If you could spring clean anything out of your career, what would it be?Well, there’s a lot of things I'd like to spring clean out of my personal life that have to do with women, but out of my career, no. I’ve made some notoriously bad choices that have always turned into hits. My last manager, I think we fired each other over [my decision to do] Piranha 3DD. I thought it was a hysterically bad movie and I said, "I have to be in this, it's so bad." And it turned out to be this huge hit. I got so many kids from Comic-Con going, "Man, I love that movie. I’ve watched it like five times." There's an audience out there for everything.

[Hollywood] wanted me to change the name Hasselhoff, but I kept the name because I took so much crap for it in high school and now Hasselhoff has made me a fortune. It’s just amazing that I kept it and, honest to God, I kept it because I thought, No, my mom and dad gave me this name, I’m not going to change my name, and I think I’ve gained a little payback now.

Source: Yahoo! News and Clorox Vine

David Hasselhoff is Willing to Wink at Himself: Interview

David HasselhoffBy:  Theatre Critic, Published on Fri Aug 16 2013Let’s get one thing straight about David Hasselhoff: he knows that people laugh at him, but he doesn’t care as long as he gets the last laugh.The star of Knight Rider, Baywatch and an infamous video involving a cheeseburger is coming to Toronto for Fan Expo Canada (a.k.a. Comic-Con North) from Aug. 22 to 25 and he’s pumped about it.“I love these conventions,” said Hasselhoff, 60, on the phone from California. “The people who show up are great. Sure, some of them are geeks, but who else but a geek would love me?”Well, actually, over the years a lot of people have gone “Hoff Crazy” as he calls it. It started with the housewives who swooned over him on The Young and Restless as Dr. “Snapper” Foster from 1975 to ’82. Then he got a whole new fan base thanks to Knight Rider, where he played Michael Knight from 1982 to ’86. Those are the peeps who will be lining up to see him in Toronto.But what made Hasselhoff the most money and the biggest name was playing Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch. The beefcake and cheesecake series about the life guards on the L.A. county beaches folded after one season in 1989, but Hasselhoff saw its potential, raised the money, produced it himself and put it back on the air and in syndication for another decade.Hasselhoff found a lot of the investment he needed in Germany. “I’m very big in Germany. Very. They loved Knight Rider, so I went to some German bankers forBaywatch. They asked me, ‘Does it haff a car in it?’ ‘No, but it’s got a lot of hot people in bathing suits.’ ‘Almost as gut as a car.’” They signed the cheques.“It gave the world Pamela Anderson,” jokes Hasselhoff, “and it gave me a couple of million dollars.” Actually, according to many sources, The Hoff wound up earning a personal fortune of $100 million, mainly thanks to Baywatch.When it finally went off the air, Hasselhoff tried a variety of projects, including acting on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde, the musical, under the direction of Robin Phillips, but times were a bit lean.“There’s a funny thing about being on a hit show for a long time. When it ends, people think you died or something. The phone doesn’t ring a lot.”When it did, it was for spoofy, self-mocking things like his appearance in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and for his often outrageous off-camera behaviour in real life, culminating in a video of him, supposedly intoxicated, rolling on the floor, doing nasty things to a cheeseburger.“All that stuff is old news to me now,” says Hasselhoff, trying to change the subject. When asked if it’s true he’s been on better behaviour since 2011, he says,“Look, nothing really turned me around. The amount of negative press I got for doing nothing but being human was unfair. But I never kind of addressed that. I just kept moving forward.“Hollywood is not the pleasantest or fairest of places. But once you realize that it is not fair and that people are going to screw you no matter what, you stop taking it personally and just move forward.”One of the things that Hasselhoff cheerfully admits has changed his view on things is attending events like the one here in Toronto.“If I had known how good these things were, I would have started coming to them a long time ago. Barbara Eden was at one next to me. Wow. There I was with I Dream of Jeannie.“And Christopher Lloyd is always at these things and he is an inspiration to me. We didPiranha 3DD together and believe me, when Lloyd speaks, he makes you hear every single syllable.”He launches into a very plausible imitation of Lloyd in the final scene of the horror-porn-spoof announcing, “They are spawn-ing and they are go-ing to waaaaaaalk!”Hasselhoff pauses for a minute. “I know I’m making it all sound like fun and it is, but there’s something touching about it, too. I saw one kid who suffered from muscular dystrophy in his wheelchair, all done up like something out of Star Wars and when I said hi to him, he said, ‘Hey, Hoff, the geeks shall inherit the earth.’“For one day in his life, he can say, ‘F--- the world, I can dress up like R2D2.’”The once and future Baywatch king is also anxious to explore the Comic-Con part of the festival because “we’re going to launch the second edition of my comic book there. It’s called The Hoff. And it doesn’t just mean me, it stands for The Heroes of Fearless Freedom.”Hasselhoff is on a roll as he warms to his subject. “The Hoff lives inside The Hassle Castle. He’s Hoff and running. My career is Hoff crazy!”A few sample pages show that the comic book is indeed funny, but it’s all at Hasselhoff’s expense.“Sure, it’s a caricature version of me, but you’ve got to wink at yourself. Look, no one knows the real me. They tell you that truth is everything? Well go on, man, try and find the truth and let me know when you do. I’ll be waiting for a long time.“Do you know they’re making a documentary about my involvement in East German history? It’s true. Knight Rider was so popular there that they were flinging satellite feeds onto trash-can covers to see it. And then I hit it big over there with my song called ‘Looking for Freedom’ and I wound up singing it on the Berlin Wall. For real.”He chuckles a little ruefully. “That was my Elvis period and I was doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted with whoever I wanted, just because I could. That’s over now.”A short pause and then The Hoff slips into gear again.“Nowadays, I kinda do whatever comes along. I take it day by day. I was asked to audition for Les Misérables onstage, but I thought that would be too much real work. I’m opening a hotel in Bali called Bask, with a bar they’re naming ‘Hoff’s Hideaway.’ I’ve got a TV commercial on the air now for Cumberland Farms where I’m singing about their iced coffee. I do it all.“The funniest thing I’ve got going now is a movie someone wrote called Killing Hasselhoff. It’s about a death pool for celebrities and when this guy can’t get Gary Busey or Lindsay Lohan, he goes after me. Hey, you have to wink at yourself.”We’re about to hang up when he decides to add one more thought.“My girlfriend has a magazine she showed to me. It was called Too Soon, all about these people who died way earlier than they should have. John Ritter, John Belushi, Freddie Prinze, that kid from Glee. I don’t want to be part of that list.“My dream in life is to have a stem-cell replacement so I can live 20 more years. I’m still ready to do it all.”FIVE FAVE ROLESKnight Rider“Everyone wanted to have a friend like me, someone who would take care of them. Hell, don’t we all?”Baywatch“That really was a licence to print money and NBC cancelled it after one season. Good thing they did, because I picked it up and ran with it.”The Young and the Restless“When you’re on a soap opera five times a week, people think you’re part of their lives. Women would throw themselves at me, thinking I was really that guy. Crazy.”The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie“Hey, it put me back in touch with the younger generation of fans and that is so important.”Jekyll and Hyde“I loved singing those songs onstage, but you’ve got to show up[ every night, no matter how you’re feeling. I couldn’t handle that.”

Source: The Star


Edinburgh Festival 2012: David Hasselhoff Interview

David Hasselhoff, whose one-man show runs for a week at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, talks to Celia Walden of the Telegraph.

David Hasselhoff’s pet pig has made him late again. “I’m sorry,” exhales the TV star, sinking into a deckchair on the beachfront of a Santa Monica hotel. “He was stuck in the house scratching at the door asking to be let out. Then the water dragons needed feeding.”

Welcome to Hoff-world: an alternative universe where pot-bellied pigs govern schedules, conversations veer off on wild tangents and waitresses swoon like schoolgirls. It’s no surprise that the actor and singer turned talent show judge – who maintains his position in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most famous TV star on the planet – can’t stop smiling. “It’s fun,” he says when I ask whether it ever occurs to him that his life is ridiculous. “Isn’t it fun?” He turns the full, electrifying force of that smile onto his girlfriend, Hayley Roberts – a delicate-featured 31 year-old from Glynneath in Wales. It is, she concedes, fun.
Hayley must be doing something right. The 60 year-old, tanned and lean in blue jeans, an emerald green T-shirt and white jacket, is a different man from the one I first met four years ago, on the set of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The manic, restless quality is still there behind the eyes, but a vicious optimism has replaced the torment. His talent-judging days may be over, but with a one-man show opening at the Leicester Square Theatre this month followed by a week-long run at the Edinburgh Festival, the Hoff is undergoing yet another resurgence.
“That’s what the show is about – my crazy journey. My whole life I’ve been like, woah!” he whoops. “Then, 'Oh what happened?’ Woah! 'Oh what happened?’”
Hasselhoff’s 30-year career has been up and down enough to bring on motion sickness. The Baltimore-born actor’s early roles as Michael Knight – a crime crusader saving the world one person at a time with the aid of his trusty black Pontiac – and then as Mitch Buchannon – the patriarchal lifeguard in Baywatch – saturated the public consciousness throughout the Eighties and Nineties, leaving Hasselhoff a multimillionaire – and typecast.
“But you know, 30 years on, the shows still hold up. Yesterday these kids were asking for autographs, and they didn’t know me from the SpongeBob movie or America’s Got Talent – they knew me from Knight Rider.”While a secondary singing career kept him afloat between hit shows in Austria and Germany, where he continues to conduct sell-out tours (his song Looking for Freedom became the anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall), it took a video of the inebriated actor eating a cheeseburger during a divorce battle with his then wife, Pamela Bach, to catapult him to a new league. Overnight, Hasselhoff made the transition from figure of fun into The Hoff – a man deserving of his own lexicon, a TV legend fiercely defended by his ''Don’t Hassel the Hoff’’ T-shirted fans.“Ninety nine per cent of people now call me The Hoff – and it’s out of respect,” he assures me. And an overriding fondness, perhaps? (How can you not love a man whose business card is also a hand sanitiser?) “I think people know that I’ve got a good heart,” he nods. “If I do something wrong, I’m the first to say 'Boy, did I f--- up’.”Nowadays his alter ego’s celebrity is such that he endorses endless products (“The Hoff makes a lot of money; David Hasselhoff doesn’t”), makes lucrative guest appearances at Hoff-themed parties (“I went to this school in Hertfordshire where 2,000 people were dressed up in Hoff wigs – and they weren’t making fun of me”) and counts Justin Bieber as a fan.“He wanted to wear a T-shirt that said 'I’m with the Hoff at the MTV awards.’ Can you believe that? I got Bieber Fever.” Why does that matter to him? “Because it means I’m current with the kids.” And why does that matter to him? He looks at me like I’m mad. “Because it means I’m hip.”Whereas he enjoys “the craziness of Hoff-world,” he takes his role as a modern-day knight a little more seriously. “Celebrity means that I can affect people in a positive way. And that’s why it was difficult doing America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent because it’s hard for me to criticise. Knight Rider was all about making a difference, and so was Baywatch. In a cornball way, I think being a celebrity is about making a difference, too.” Hoarse-voiced with emotion, he tells me about the little boy in a coma he went to visit on Christmas Eve. “'How do you keep your faith?’ I asked his parents. 'Because you came,’ they said. They prayed for me to come and I came. That’s when I realised the power of celebrity – and that maybe I got Knight Rider for a reason. When you start to get self-pitying about the parts you didn’t get, you remember those moments.”Ask him to describe the rush of being on stage and he doesn’t have to think about the answer. “Control. I feel like I’m in control. I’m so much more in control on stage than I am off stage,” he explains, a shadow crossing his face, “because I don’t know what’s going to happen off stage. Now, I tell kids that life isn’t fair. Don’t assume that somebody’s really your friend or that you’re going to do another year on Britain’s Got Talent. Once you assume that s--- happens, it’s really f------ easy to move on. I’m the guy who was up for everything: James Bond and Superman – I met with Spielberg for Indiana Jones…” Yet he’s still smiling? “Because it’s like the song I sing in my show: This Time Around I’m Going to Get it Right.” Does he believe that? Does he still crave recognition? “Oh, I’ve got recognition,” he flings back: “I get full houses and standing ovations.”His strong, Germanic features soften as he looks over at his girlfriend of a year and a half, shivering in the ocean breeze. Hayley has got him into curries and football, he tells me as we head down to the beach for our photo shoot. He’s pretty sure he wants to marry her. “We’ve been talking about a baby, but what scares me is having to share her.”On the sand, it’s pandemonium. “The Hoff is back!” slurs a homeless man. “Back?” gawps a British blonde. “I didn’t realise he’d ever gone away.”

'David Hasselhoff Live’ is at Edinburgh Festival 2012 at the Pleasance Grand (0131 556 6550), August 21-26

Source: The Telegraph

The Celebrity Cafe Interviews David Hasselhoff

From The Celebrity Cafe

David Hasselhoff is known for his roles in the 1980’s hit series Knight Rider as well as the 1990’s hit Baywatch but “The Hoff” is more than a lifeguard in red swim shorts. Since he has contributed to America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent is currently working with Play Station to create his own video game. He has also teamed up with Lean Pockets as well as released his newest album,This Time Around; not to mention a series of online work which fans can contribute to! The hilarious Hoff took a moment to talk to about his current work and future work, but it wouldn’t be an interview with The Hoff if there weren’t a twist of sarcasm and humor mixed in.TheCelebrityCafe: Tell me about your work with Lean Pockets.David Hasselhoff: Mr. Lean came to me through, well, I don’t know how he came to me. [Probably] through my manager because I’ve been doing a lot of work online - I have a big online presence with my website and my Twitter. I’m getting a lot of things actually. I’ve things with Play Station where I’ve done a “Dance Hoff.” I have a game coming out on iTunes for the iPhone from Play Station.I have a commercial in Norway which is an interactive commercial where you can actually co-star in the commercial. We’ve green screened everybody and you put your Facebook in there and it says that “David Hasselhoff is looking for Sarah in the mall,” and there’s a picture of you, and at the end we find you in your house. If your house is on satellite we actually shoot coming to your house - it’s pretty wild.I’ve been doing things in Germany that actually involve my video tape. Basically my online presence is generating a lot of resources for me. We have a keen sense of recognizing the obvious and the obvious is that Baywatch is still the number one syndicated show in the world and since people know me so well they respond to whatever I do.Then from there, America’s Got Talent to Britain’s Got Talent and episodes ofKnight Rider and Baywatch are still running and so, this came to me. [Lean Pockets] know I have a crazy sense of humor, and they know that I like to make fun of myself. They brought me in and said they have this German metrosexual crazy character, and they told me what it was like and it kind of (In his best German accent) “Talks like this! And it’s up to you!...”He’s very funny. I went and did the show and I went 2000 percent crazier than they expected and it was great. When it first came out the reviews said, “Has Hasselhoff gone crazy? What won’t this guy do?” And I thought, “Oh my God my career is over.” My girlfriend came in and told me some negative report right online and the next thing that came out was 3 million hits and we went, “Oh! I guess we’re a hit!”So now it’s a hit. It’s a funny character, it’s not gay, it’s not making fun of anybody. He’s just a crazy character like Will Ferrell or Steve Martin would do, and I was always a fan of those guys, so it was kinda cool to do it! Besides that, the Lean Pockets are good, so it’s not like you’re promoting cigarettes, they really taste good!They actually sent me a bunch of them when I was making The Christmas Consultant which will be out on Lifetime next Christmas. I came home from work one freezing cold night in Canada and there was Lean Pockets there and thought, “Ah! Let’s try one of these baby’s out!” I ate about six of the cheese ones right away, they’re really good.TCC: Are those your favorite kind?DH: The three cheese are my favorite, but there is this one that has meat in it, gives you a little protein if want to work out. You know, they’re definitely munchy food.TCC: You were mentioning games that you were going to put out, what are the names of those games?DH: The game is called “Hoff Zombie Beach.” It’s Hoff against the Zombie’s and it’s going to be awesome. We’ve been working on it for, gosh, it’s going to be 8 months and we designed it ourselves. I went to Play Station and I said I don’t want an advance, I don’t want any money, I don’t want to own this. I want to develop with you guys, I want it to be the Hoff’s and all of the “Hoffisms” - like we have the watch from Knight Rider - and it’s all kind of little things that have happened in my life. I’m dressed as a lifeguard at the beach and all of these zombie’s come out of the water. There are a lot of other things coming out as well.I’m on a thing called Trust Us With Your Life which is on ABC on July 10. I’m on the third episode and it’s kind of like What’s My Line with Drew Carey and Fred Willard is the host. It has Wayne Brady and a bunch of comedians; it’s really, really, funny. Right now I am trying to get back into a line of things in America but I am so busy with Europe.Each Christmas I do a panta in the U.K which is like Peter Pan where I play “Hoff the Hook.” It’s a big sendoff; it’s fun and very, very successful and it only lasts 5 weeks, but it’s Christmas so I have to bring Christmas over there, which in a way is great, but it’s kinda not the same. In a way it’s neat because my girls come over and it’s usually snowing and cold, but I’ve done a lot of concerts and I am working on my own show for Broadway called “Hoff Broadway” and I’m trying to get back into a line of television in the states.The last two years I just really got into touring and I said, you know, there’s really nothing happening in the States right now other than reality and I didn’t want to do America’s Got Talent, and I did Britain’s Got Talent for a year. It’s fun to do it when it’s live, but the rest of the time it’s not. It’s a lot of travel and watching people on stage and sitting there. I kind of feel like, I’m 59 years-old, I don’t want to be watching people. I’d rather be on stage doing it. Even if I don’t make the same amount of money, I don’t care about that. I want to do what makes me happy and that’s singing and pleasing people and adventure and surprise.I like the adrenaline. I go to South Africa after this and we’ll go on a safari after our concert. So, we try to find some sort of adventure that kind of coincides with whatever we are doing.TCC: You just released an album titled This Time Around, can you tell me about that?DH:This Time Around is an album that took me a few years to finish. The music of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse who wrote “Jekyll and Hyde” and they did, “Stop the world, I want to get off” and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Their music is just phenomenal and it comes from Broadway and it comes from Frank’s library and This Time Around is a tribute to those who made fun of me singing because I can sing. I grew up in the theater and I trained for this and I’m very proud of the album; people who hear it, love it. It’s kind of a Josh Groban album, it’s beautifully done. I was out promoting that, so when I’m in my concert tours I’m doing the Edinburgh Festival between the 20th and 27th and then I do Leicester Square in the U.K on the 17th and 18th of August.In those shows I will do half way Broadway and half these beautiful ballads then I’ll turn it into a rock n roll Hoff party. I do a tribute to Hoff, a tribute toBaywatch, a tribute to Knight Rider. I sing “Jump In My Car” which was a big hit in Europe. Then, I actually do disco! They called me and I said, “Disco? Why would I want to do a disco for?” They said, “How about 20,000 pounds?” I said, “I’ll do a disco!” They all dress up as me and when they play the Baywatchtheme they all take off their tops! I said, “Let’s just do disco’s for the rest of our lives.” It’s crazy, guys are ripping off their tops, girls are ripping off their tops revealing bikini’s and they’re all dressed as Baywatch and they stand there and scream, “Oh we love the Baywatch!” They kiss me, then they leave and give me money. Then I went, hmmm… hmmm… this is fun! So we do a few of those a year, and now we’re starting to do a university tour.Universities are coming after me to do a homecoming because I sing at the homecoming game and its entertainment for the parents and the kids. It’s kind of a funny place in my life right now so if a TV series comes along I would probably do that, but nothing has really come along that I really like. I did Sons of Anarchy but they’ve kind of run their course and been around the block, so I’m looking for something new and we’ll see what happens.TCC: You also make an appearance in Keith Lemon: The Film where you star as “The Hoff” what is like playing your infamous nickname?DH: Well Keith Lemon is a good friend and one time I did his show and I didCelebrity Juice about five times. So, I’ve been on Keith Lemon about twenty times now and I always say I’d like to do my own show and call it “Hoff an Hour” so he wrote “Hoff an Hour” in his show and I’m a host like David Letterman. I’m interviewing Kelly Brooke and she’s telling me about her new calendar and I get turned on - on stage and I get very embarrassed that I can’t get out of my seat. Then Keith Lemon comes on with the Keith Lemon phone and it’s a really funny cute movie and he’s a first class guy, I love working with him and I think the movie is going to be crazy. Same reason I did Piranha 3 DD , it’s probably the worst movie ever made, but that’s why it’s so good it’s so frickin' funny, it’s so stupid it’s so funny, everybody gets eaten and beheaded. I won’t make any rescues because I’m not really a lifeguard I’m David Hasselhoff. It’s really funny! We went and saw it in 3D and we laughed, of course there were only 5 people in the audience but we laughed with our audience.TCC: You have The Christmas Consultant, Keith Lemon: The Film , the video games, the commercials and not to mention your album- where will fans see you next?DH: You know, I don’t know… I’m working on an online series called “Bum Baywatch.”TCC: Based off of the Baywatch series?DH: Based off of David Hasselhoff going to Bum Bay to make a Bollywood movie! You can see what happens to me when I go there…just put a camera on my head and you would not believe the kind of stuff that happens to me. It’s just crazy. Here’s a series: Hide a camera in my head, follow me with a camera, two guys with other camera’s and let’s watch what happens! I can shut down Time Square in 28 seconds, just by going out and handing out autographed pictures. I’m just saying, I go to Zimbabwe in the jungle and every time someone sees me or delivers me room service they say, “Knight Rider!” Or another guy goes, “Knight Rider, when did you get so old?” [laughing] And that’s in Zimbabwe! I mean, Knight Rider, so I got down on my knee and proposed to my girl and I was doing that as a gag on Twitter and it says, “Knight Rider proposes to girlfriend” in Victoria Falls. They didn’t even say my name; they called me “Knight Rider” the whole interview.You know it’s funny and endearing, and it’s wonderful it’s a positive thing. When I see people on the street, even the homeless people, “Hey Knight Rider, how you doing?” They all know Knight Rider.

David and Bella Vida on BBC Radio

Yesturday, David and Bella Vida popped into Radio1 to have a chat with Scott Mills and basically have fun!You can listen to the interview here at Radio1 for the next 6 days, or you can download the podcast from yesturday's show here.Watch The Hoff play Innuendo Bingo here. Very funny!!Dont forget today The Hasselhoff's are popping into Richard Bacon's show on Radio 5 from 2:00pm GMT.

Yet More TV and Radio Appearances - Thursday Part 2

As tired as I am trying to keep up with all the TV, web and radio appearances by the Hasselhoffs, I can't imagine how they do it. Check out a few more radio interviews and these videos. Friday, the Hasselhoffs will be on Access Hollywood and the Rachael Ray Show, so don't forget to tune in to those.

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Q&A: David Hasselhoff on his reality, sobriety and 'Dancing with the Stars'

From The Washington Post - Thanks to Hayley Munday for the tip

David Hasselhoff is sick of overzealous paparazzi, over-blown media reports and downright gossip. So, like any self-respecting celeb, he's gone out and landed himself a reality show.On Sunday, A&E airs the first show of "The Hasselhoffs," a 10-episode look at Hasselhoff's life as a single dad and at his two teenaged daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley, as they try to make their own mark in the music business.The former "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider" star has had a rough few years. In 2006, he filed for divorce from then-wife Pamela Bach. The same year, he severed a tendon in his right arm while shaving in a London hotel. In 2007, video of a drunk Hasselhoff eating a burger and listening to his daughter beg him not to drink surfaced on YouTube. Then between 2009 and 2010, Hasselhoff was allegedly rushed to the hospital three times after drinking binges.Still, the Hoff remains a top-selling recording artist in Germany and is gearing up for a London stage production of "Peter Pan" in the role of Captain Hook. On Wednesday, I spoke with Hasselhoff about his show, his sobriety and his recent short-lived stint on "Dancing with the Stars."Considering the media scrutiny that you've been subjected to over the past few years, why invite cameras inside your house?David Hasselhoff: Well, that was kind of one of the main reasons we did invite cameras inside the house. The key word to that sentence is "invite." Because I didn't invite cameras to take a tape out of my daughter's camera and illegally put it out all over the world, which exploited her as well. Because I didn't invite the press to follow me and write exploitive lies and exacerbate situations that sometimes were true, but make them into something they're not. And even stuff that required me to sue magazines like Star and OK! and win -- when they actually said I was drunk the day I got custody of my kids. Which was a complete fabrication and absolute lies. But it took a year and $100,000.This is an opportunity to do something entertaining through a medium that loves me and that I love, and that respects me. I can show the world who I really am and show the world that we do have feelings and that this is not who we are. That people are rooting for me in a positive way and want nme to remain healthy -- as I do.And what a struggle that has been at times. And what a struggle it is to be a single dad -- but in a humorous, funny way because we're such a close family. We kind of fluff it off and move forward, but it keeps getting thrown back in our face. As I said to my daughters, the situation that happened was played 12 million times on YouTube, it didn't happen 12 million times. So we wanted to come out and actually talk about [me] being a single dad and how we are fiercely loyal to each other.It's almost like "Fame" meets "Entourage" because it's also got my quest to get over this ridiculous press. Every time I seem to get over it, something happens and someone puts out something and it gets blown so out of proportion that it affects me mentally, and it affects my children, but it also affects my career. And it affects my image. So this was like, hey, let's do this to prove that [image of me] was wrong.Since you brought it up, are you currently drinking?I'm currently drinking right now. A Diet Coke.Am I sober? Today I'm sober. Tomorrow I'll probably be sober, but I take it one day at a time and I'm very healthy and on my game and enjoying life to the fullest. Unfortunately I can't say that for some other people who didn't make it, like my good friend Greg Giraldo who was roasting me on Comedy Central.I address this very much in the first episode of the show. Like, "Hey, this is who I am, this is not who I am" and I do it by teaching a class at the University of Arizona saying there are consequences for your actions; and my family and I exist on truth and honesty and unadulterated support and love.So you were born in Baltimore. Do you still have family in the area?Yeah. I was back in Atlantic City a week ago doing a concert at Bally's and all my family lives in Ocean City, Md. now and they came up. In fact, I still get Maryland crab cakes from the Maryland Crab House. I have them flown in every three or four months and they're in my freezer.I also wanted to ask you about "Dancing With the Stars." You were the first contestant eliminated in this last season. That had to sting a little bit...The funny thing about it is I got more press out of being kicked off first than if I'd won. I didn't have to go through 10 weeks of hell. It was great. At first I was disappointed because of Kym [Johnson] because we worked so hard. I've done Broadway, done the "Producers" and I've danced. But it takes me a few weeks to figure out what "5,6,7,8" really means. I was just breaking through and they told me to camp it up and be funny. And the funniest part about it is the show got the highest ratings in the history of the show when I was on and it got the highest ratings on the finale when I appeared again. So I smile about that.In a way I was kind of thinking it's not about the dancing. It's about who's popular right now and who's got the most Twitters and fan support. But it was a very good positive experience and I have nothing but respect for the dancers.I have to ask, since it was a controversial season, what do you think about how far Bristol Palin got in the competition? Did she deserve to go that far?I think that, you know, life is not fair. Who deserves what? There's got to be a reason for it all in the end. I think when I die I'll ask god, "Hey God, what about Bristol?" He'll say, "You know we tried to get her mom in the White House and that didn't work out, so we'll use this, but then she became the president so it all worked out great." I don't know. Who knows? It's a dancing show, for god's sake.We're sending kids off to Iraq and Afghanistan and no one talks about them. And we're sitting here talking about "Dancing with the Stars" and Bristol Palin.The funny part about it is she's a nice person. A lovely girl. I judge a person, like Martin Luther King said, on the content of their character. She happened to be very kind, very sweet and very shy. It couldn't have been easy for her being thrust into that, but you know, it made for entertaining television. It's like they say, "As long as they're talking about ya, they're talking about ya."So I'm going to go ahead and assume you're not a Sarah Palin supporter.I don't really know her game yet. I really cannot say. I haven't taken the time -- right now I'm just trying to support my daughters and make sure I have enough shirts clean because I'm flying all over the world.It's a great time right now, to be honest. If I can say one thing I've enjoyed about this show more than anything, it's been spending time with my daughters.

'The Hasselhoffs' Press Coverage - Thursday Part 1

I'll be updating this page for today's press coverage. Busy day again for the Hasselhoffs, beginning with Fox and Friends and going all day through CNN's Joy Behar Show. There'll be another slew of pretaped interviews that will air later and some on the web. We'll keep you updated as much as we can, so check back here through the next couple days.CNN American Morning:

Thanks to Hayley Munday for these videos

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Press Tour: The Hasselhoffs on ABC GMA and E! - Wednesday Part 1

The video is already rolling in on the Hasselhoffs press tour this week. The Hasselhoffs stopped by Good Morning America to chat with Robin Roberts about their upcoming reality show, The Hasselhoffs. The second video is an E! News story about the upcoming series as well.

The Hasselhoffs New York Press Tour


There'll be a whirlwind of television and web appearances for the Hasselhoff family this week in anticipation of their new reality series coming out on A&E this Sunday. David posted a slew of upcoming appearances for us today on Hoffspace. I've included links to the shows' websites, tickets (if they have an audience) and show times. If you check out the show times, be sure to change the location on the top right to your city.Wednesday7:30 AM - Good Morning America:  Tickets | Show times9:00 AM - ABC Radio Hour11:30 AM - The View: Tickets | Show times (Live: 11-Noon EST)12:30 PM - AOL Pop Eater1:15 PM - Associated Press Interview3:00 PM - Extra: Show times (Check local listings)6:30 PM - Huffington PostThursday7:50 AM - Fox And Friends: Show times (Starts 6 a.m. EST)8:40 AM - CNN American Morning: Show times (Starts 6 a.m. EST)4:30 PM - CNN Showbiz Tonight: Show times (airs Live 5 p.m. EST // 11 p.m. EST)5:00 PM - Joy Behar show: Show times (airs 9 p.m. EST)5:30 PM - CNN Headline NewsFriday8:00 AM - MTV Radio10:30 AM - Access Hollywood: Show times (Check local listings)

Taylor and Hayley Hasselhoff:Friday: Rachael Ray Show: Show times (Check local listings)

RTL Exclusive Interview - Translated

Thanks Andrea Zabcik for translating this for us, it was very kind! We appreciate it.From the transcript, I subtitled the interview and put it on YouTube, for any interested in watching it with subtitles this time.Transcript:

Disclaimer: David’s quotes are mostly translated back from what the German reporter was saying. Most of the time, I was not able to capture what David actually said, the voiceovers were too loud.

RTL (voice-over): It’s about time the man started talking. Here, across from the Millenium Arena in London, we are catching up with David Hasselhoff. The most-viewed TV star in the world is finally willing to tell us how he dealt with his public descent into alcoholism. What really happened behind the scenes at the ATM [Europe] Awards? (clip from MTV) And why did someone tape the most famous TV Lifeguard while he was trying to eat a burger completely drunk on the floor of his house? Why was that tape then circulated around the world? Everyone now knows David has a problem with alcohol, but does he?David Hasselhoff: 200 people get drunk at a party but nobody talks about them, only about my problem.RTL (voice-over): When David arrives, three hours late but completely sober, we are actually relieved. The man has charisma and you can’t tell that he’s often nervous before interviews. He’s in a good mood, in spite of a 12-hour flight here to London from LA.DH: You know, TV stations in the U.S. offered me tons of money to talk to them. They said I would sell millions of books if I came on their shows, but that’s not important to me. What is important, is that my children know the whole truth.RTL (voice-over): Later on [in the interview] we will get back to what David means by the “whole truth,” without a ton of money changing hands by the way. He is showing one part of this truth in form of his new book, about to be published in the German market. In it he describes how, over the course of many years, alcohol changed from being a comfort to becoming his biggest problem.DH: I think it had a lot to do with fear. Everybody knows those kinds of fears. For example, there’s the fear of not finding love and the fear not to be able to find work, or the fear of not being happy. And it’s also the fear of wondering, kind of… what’s the point?RTL (voice-over): Until now there had never been any talk about fears or purpose in the life of singer/actor David Hasselhoff, at least not on the outside. A U.S. citizen, born in Baltimore, MD, with roots in Germany, he gained worldwide fame in the early 80s with the show Knight Rider. He was even more successful in the 90s with Baywatch. The show thrived on the California vibe. At some point in time, 1.7 billion people worldwide followed the stories about the gorgeous lifeguards. They are sexy, with perfect bodies, full of energy and youthfulness, but at the same time relatively hollow and superficial. That’s what David Hasselhoff stood for. At 6’4” this image made him a multi-millionaire, next to Pamela Anderson.DH: It’s kind of a double-edged sword. You have fulfilled your dream, but then you ask yourself “what’s next?” After Knight Rider ended, I was unemployed for a while. Similarly, after Baywatch, as well. Looking for new roles, I experienced some crazy things. After the end of Knight Rider I went to a film casting. They were looking for a type “just like David Hasselhoff.” I said “Hello, I’m David Hasselhoff, I look just like him,” but they just said “no, not you.”RTL (voice-over): Following those types of disappointments David would, more and more often, seek solace in the mini-bars of his hotel suites. In the years following the end of Baywatch his problems mounted. His marriage to actress Pamela Bach ended dramatically, and in spite of several notable successes as a movie and stage actor, super-fame escaped him. Many mini-bars later, he was suffering from acute alcoholism. Several times he entered rehab clinics, but relapsed every time. Then, during the summer of 2007, disaster struck.Following an argument with a producer, David drove to his house in Las Vegas. After a few drinks he went to bed. At least, that’s what he thought. In reality something else happened entirely. His daughter, Haley, videotaped him lying on the floor in a drunken stupor. Unbeknownst to David, the video was posted to the Internet. He found out days later.DH: She cared about me. She said, “dad, that’s what you’re like when you’re drunk. I’m afraid for your life.” Sometimes you get a wake-up call from God telling you that you can fall as quickly as you rose.RTL: What happened when you found out that this video was being posted everywhere? Were you shocked? You didn’t even know it existed...?DH: Strangely enough, that was a spiritual moment for me. I was totally calm inside. Everybody around me was freaking out, but I knew there had to be a reason for it, and I’d deal with it somehow.RTL (voice-over): David’s daughter Hayley, who took the video, wasn’t responsible for its distribution to the press or on the Internet. This brings us back to the truth David mentioned at the beginning of this interview, a truth that even David is only half-heartedly concealing. (As an aside, he mentions his ex-wife Pamela was on the scene that decidedly important day in Las Vegas. During the following battle for custody for the two girls, the question of who publicized the video turned out to be pivotal.)DH: The judges know the truth about the video and they gave me sole custody of the girls.RTL (voice-over): At the time David said the video woke him up, but then last fall it happened again.Before the MTV Awards in Berlin, he had a few drinks in his hotel room to loosen up before his appearance. By the time he entered the stage, however, he was completely inebriated. Millions of fans worried, “how can he get this problem under control?”RTL: How do people treat you when they meet you at night at a bar? Do they say “Hey David, this is your last drink for tonight?”DH: No! Everybody wants to buy me a drink. That’s the problem. You know, not everybody reads those magazines and sits at the computer watching little Youtube videos on the Internet. And, hey, everybody’s been in this kind of situation before. I didn’t kill anybody. I don’t do anything different than 90% of the people who have a drink now and then.RTL (voice-over): David realizes he has a problem, but at the next moment he diminishes its impact. What remains is the hope that the cult star with a multi-generational fanbase will always have someone looking out for him when things get tough. In April, for example, during his planned appearance on the German TV show Musikantenstadl, it would be understandable if he wanted to have a drink before the show to calm his nerves. Unfortunately for David, that is not an option.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... David Hasselhoff

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, June 16, 2008
Pop culture staple, actor and singer David Hasselhoff has enjoyed and endured decades of the limelight. From hit TV series' "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch" to Broadway performances and a singing career in Europe, he never wants for work. He returns as one of the judges for "America's Got Talent" in tomorrow night's two-hour season premiere, 9 p.m. on NBC.When judging "America's Got Talent," do you ever find yourself feeling embarrassed for the contestants?I feel embarrassed for some of the judges' comments. I feel embarrassed for some of my comments that I have to make that are sometimes honest. As much as I want to be compassionate and let people down in a positive way ... I have to be honest. I've been compassionate toward people by saying, "Somebody needs to get this person off the stage." They don't really realize what they are doing.

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When you first got into the business, was fame one of your motivators?Never, no. I'm just a kid from Baltimore who wanted to be in theater. I had no aspirations for fame. I wanted to go to Broadway. That's all I wanted to do. That was my goal. That was my dream, and I think you have to have goals and dreams.Your daughters, both teenagers, have seen you go through ups and downs in the tabloid press.They have a harder skin than me. They keep me straight. They know who I am and they know it's a bunch of garbage. My kids and I are tight. The stuff that I got this time last year [YouTube video of him looking drunk in Las Vegas shot by his daughter] was exploitative and was almost the epitome of blackmail [he was in the midst of a heated custody battle at the time] ... because it used my children. When that came out, it crossed the line for me.Singing seems to be where you heart really is, so why do you think that aspect of your career is more popular in Europe?I think it's because I've never really had a proper release or a proper marketing campaign or a proper song for America. I happened to have the right song [for Europe] ... called "Looking for Freedom" and it happened to come out right before the Berlin Wall came down and people in East Germany were looking for freedom. It couldn't have been better timing.Why did you want to write "Don't Hassel The Hoff?"I wanted people to see the journey that I've been through and all of the amazing things that have happened to me from being a celebrity. I mean, I did not play on the negative. I played on the positive. I wrote it because my life was about hard work and incredible adventures ... how I went to Soweto, South Africa, during apartheid, and met Princess Diana and Paul McCartney in the same day and affected children in a positive way with Make-A-Wish and Race for Life Foundation. All these amazing things that have happened to me because of being the "Knight Rider."You seem to have a good attitude about the tabloid stories.What are you going to do? I mean, I've sued. I had to sue OK magazine and the Sun because they said the day that I got my children -- both of them had erroneous stories about me being thrown out of clubs because of alcohol, which is absolutely untrue. I won both cases. They paid me money and printed apologies. They were absolute unadulterated lies. They don't tell the truth. They say whatever they want.