Things seem to be turning around for David Hasselhoff lately. He's no longer the ironically-lauded star of ten million email attachments and a nerve-shredding Spongebob Squarepants movie cameo, but a properly-famous star again.
Thanks to a slot as a judge on America's Got Talent, David Hasselhoff is squarely back in the public eye and – as a genuine celebrity – David Hasselhoff now has to go through the rigmarole of denying a bunch of apparently made-up stories about him. And if that means breaking our hearts by denying that he got boozed up at Wimbledon and had a fight with security guards while shouting "Do you know who I am? I'm the Hoff," then that's what he has to do.
It wasn't so long ago that David Hasselhoff looked like a spent force. The good old days of Knightrider and Baywatch were behind him, replaced with a bizarre chest-waxing game, and the only headlines that David Hasselhoff was making was through his messy divorce and claims that he beat his estranged wife while threatening to drive a car through her house snatching her jewellery as he goes.
But now Simon Cowell has made David Hasselhoff a star again – he's now a judge on the Cowell-produced America's Got Talent, a role which mostly involves sitting next to Piers Morgan and making a series of bewildered comments after watching women do archery with their legs wrapped around their heads or men crawl around inside big balloons. In fact, David Hasselhoff is now so famous that newspapers are now apparently making up stories about him starting drunken fights at Wimbledon. ABC reports:
Britain's Sun newspaper said the "steaming drunk" 53-year-old actor was involved in a "blazing row" outside Center Court on Monday, because he did not have the correct accreditation to gain entry. The story went on to claim that Hasselhoff was then banned from press and players' bars as he tried to get another drink and was heard by onlookers as he shouted, "Do you know who I am? I'm the Hoff."
However, not only have Wimbledon officials denied the story but Hasselhoff's publicist Judy Katz has also refuted the story:
"David Hasselhoff enjoyed a day's tennis with friends at Wimbledon yesterday [Monday]. During the afternoon, there was some confusion over accreditation as his party attempted to reach court 13. The situation was quickly resolved with the help of stewards. Reports that claim they were ejected were incorrect."
We can't help but feel a little bit disappointed that David Hasselhoff didn't stride around Wimbledon, twatted off his skull, fighting anyone he came in contact with. Not just because it's a good story, but also because it would have been a breathtaking climax to the forthcoming David Hasselhoff musical.
[story by Stuart Heritage]