David Hasselhoff still feels a connection with the younger generation, even though his popular TV series â€œBaywatchâ€ has been off the air for more than a decade.â€œWhen Justin Bieber comes up and goes, â€˜Hoff!â€™ and then Selena Gomez says, â€˜Itâ€™s so weird he loves you,â€™ itâ€™s great. It just means that youâ€™re hip and itâ€™s cool,â€ the 60-year-old actor said.â€œBaywatchâ€ aired from 1989 to 2000. Hasselhoff also starred in the TV series â€œKnight Rider,â€ which aired from 1982 to 1986.To stay part of the conversation, Hasselhoff keeps busy and is always working. He recently starred in a Lifetime movie, â€œThe Christmas Consultant,â€ opposite Caroline Rhea.Hasselhoff talks about his various projects, his famous name and his hopes for a retro â€œKnight Riderâ€ movie.AP:Â Q. Would you ever want to do a full-time TV series again?Hasselhoff:Â A.Â It depends what the series would be. Iâ€™ve been approached by some dear friends who run â€œThe Officeâ€ and â€œUgly Bettyâ€ about doing a sitcom, being a part of an ensemble. Iâ€™d love to do that. Iâ€™d love to bring back more than anything kind of like â€œMurder, She Wrote,â€ or thereâ€™s a great show in the U.K. called â€œLovejoy,â€ or â€œHart to Hart.â€ Some shows that have got some fun, a little tongue-and-cheek like Cary Grant, and play my age but still know that secretly (the character) is livinâ€™ hard, livinâ€™ fast and lovinâ€™ it because thatâ€™s kind of where Iâ€™m at in my life.AP:Â You can act, sing, perform on the stage and judge talent competitions. Why do you like variety?Hasselhoff:Â I embrace everything. All I want to do is be onstage. A performer needs to perform. You need to work. I think thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve lasted so long. I grew up watching â€œThe Carol Burnett Show.â€ â€¦ People are now beginning to see that I do variety. I do sing. I did do Broadway and the West End.AP:Â Iâ€™m sure you get a ton of offers. What do you say no to?Hasselhoff:Â I say no to things that I canâ€™t laugh with, where theyâ€™re laughing at me, and theyâ€™re trying to do something that is a little bit over-the-edge. If you donâ€™t respect me, youâ€™re not gonna get that respect back.AP:Â Does it ever amaze you how your last name is so popular?Hasselhoff:Â I think God has a sense of humor because they wanted me to change it. I was going to change it one time to David Michaels, but then I found out there was already a David Michaels. I took so much heat for the name Hasselhoff growing up, Iâ€™m gonna keep this name because I was proud of my parents. Itâ€™s kind of pathetic because Hasselhoff has turned into The Hoff and The Hoff is keeping Hasselhoff out of work but The Hoffâ€™s paying the bills so I welcome The Hoff.AP:Â Thereâ€™s a â€œKnight Riderâ€ movie in development. What can you say about it?Hasselhoff:Â If you make the â€œKnight Riderâ€ movie and you donâ€™t make it retro and you donâ€™t appeal to all the people that love the show, that grew up with it. If you donâ€™t, itâ€™s not gonna be â€œKnight Rider.â€ It will probably be a hit because â€œKnight Riderâ€ is a great title, but it wonâ€™t be â€œKnight Rider.â€ Itâ€™s in the hands of a company, and hopefully Iâ€™ll meet with them and weâ€™ll see what direction itâ€™s going in.
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