Today is the 70th birthday of David Hasselhoff, “The Hoff”. And I thought it would make a nice birthday present to him (as if he would ever see this!) to induct him into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame as a member of the League of Themselves. (Especially since his buddy K.I.T.T. was inducted two weeks ago as the July 2022 showcase.)
David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, television personality, and businessman. He has set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV. Hasselhoff first gained recognition on ‘The Young and The Restless’ (1975–1982), playing the role of Dr. Snapper Foster. His career continued with his leading role as Michael Knight on ‘Knight Rider’ (1982–1986) and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in ‘Baywatch’ (1989–2000). He also produced ‘Baywatch’ from the 1990s until 2001 when the series ended with ‘Baywatch Hawaii’.
He was a celebrity cast member on the eleventh season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ which increased in ratings by 36% from the previous year and served as a judge on NBC's ‘America's Got Talent’ from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, he joined the ‘Britain's Got Talent’ judging panel, as the additional fourth judge.
Hasselhoff became a judge on ‘Britain's Got Talent’ in 2011 alongside Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and Simon Cowell. However, Hasselhoff was axed after only one series on the show and was replaced by David Walliams.
Hasselhoff and his daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley, starred in a reality series on A&E called ‘The Hasselhoffs’. The series launched on December 5, 2010, and focused on Hasselhoff's attempts to resuscitate his career and launch his daughters onto the Hollywood stage. (On December 10, 2010, A&E confirmed in a statement that, after airing just two episodes, ‘The Hasselhoffs’ had been canceled.)
Here are the shows in which Hasselhoff either appeared as himself or was mentioned by TV characters in other shows which verify the existence of his televersion in Earth Prime-Time… and perhaps in other TV dimensions as well.
So far, this show – and ‘The View’ – are the only talk shows which have had their televersions inducted into the TVXOHOF. It wasn’t just that they were often mentioned in other shows, but they were fictionalized in the storyline of episodes as well. That’s why they’re both included.
- Episode #1.32 (1984)
- Hooray for Hollywood: Part 1 (1984)
- Hooray for Hollywood: Part 2 (1984)
- School's for Fools (1984)
- Another Prick in the Wall (2012)
The series takes place in Northern Ireland in 1989. The Hoff was seen at the Berlin Wall as it comes down.
She Drives Me Crazy (1994 Music Video short)
- John Turturro/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1994)
As the anchor of “Weekend News Update” on the long-running sketch show, MacDonald spent weeks setting up The Hoff’s appearance on the show. Every WNU had one story about Hasselhoff in connection to how the fans worship him in Germany. All of these screenshots leading up to the pay-off would end with: “Which once again proves my theory that the Germans love David Hasselhoff."
Thank you! Thank you very much! [laughs at all the applause] My recent world tour was an incredible experience. I went to twenty-one countries in just fifteen days and I’ve got some amazing stories to tell. In Japan, for instance-instance, I was invited to the state dinner at the Emperor’s Palace. What I didn’t know was the emp–
Hey! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Hang on a second. Did you just say Japan?
Yes, I did.
Yeah, well, no offense, you know, but I don’t think anybody cares about Japan. Why don’t you, ah, why don’t you focus on the countries where you’re, you know, you’re popular?
Oh. Well, in China we had an incredible experience. The entire cast of “Baywatch” was invited to the Great Wall where hundreds of thousands of Chinese people were chanting in unison, ”Baywatch, Ba–”
Whoaaaaa, whoaaa. Wait, wait. Chinese people?
Yes, of course.
Look, why don’t we skip China? In fact, rule out all of Asia.
Okay, okay. Well, I mean, what do you want to hear about? I mean, I’ve got some great stories from all over the world.
Oh, yeah? I was thinking, you know, ah, some place where you’re especially popular, you know, like in, uh, Europe.
Oh! Well, in Italy–
Northern Europe, Northern Europe!
Oh, I got you. I got you. Okay. I got you. There’s one country that they absolutely love me — Norway.
Norway?! What, are you crazy?! They like everybody in Norway! Nobody gives a damn about Norway! What the hell’s wrong with ya?
Look, ah, what’s going on here? I’ve never seen you like this.
Well, ahhhh, to tell you the truth, you know, I didn’t want to be the one to bring it up but, uh, what about Germany? I mean, how do the- how do the Germans feel about ya?
Well, on this trip, we actually didn’t stop in Germany–
I don’t care about your stupid trip!! Look, just tell me how you would characterize– in one sentence — the way Germans feel about you.
Well, I’ve always been fortunate to get a very positive response from the Germans–
Oh, my God! This is no time for false modesty! We’re runnin’ late, we gotta wrap this thing up! Do Germans love you?
Well, “love” is an awfully strong word…
Norm MacDonald: [hand to head]
Oh, listen, David, uh… Let’s say a guy had a theory, all right?
A theory that he’s devoted several years of his life to. And let’s say he has a lot of evidence to back up this theory of his.
Norm MacDonald: [puts a large pile of documents, file folders, etc., on desk — Hasselhoff is stunned]
Now, don’t you think it would just be common courtesy to help that guy out, you know, and not – not ruin his life?
Listen, I don’t know what you want me to say here, pal.
Oh my God, here, I’ll write it down.
[searches his pockets for a pencil, finds one, scribbles something on a piece of paper and gives it to David]
Here! Say this!
David Hasselhoff: [puzzled, reads from paper]
”Germans love me.”
[Camera pans quickly from Hasselhoff to a beaming MacDonald who addresses the camera.]
Which once again proves my theory: Germans love David Hasselhoff!
[Cheers and applause.]
And that’s the news! See you next time. Thank you, David. [fusses with his pile of documents]
David Hasselhoff: [waves good-bye]
Auf wiedersehen! [?], meine liebe! Auf wiedersehen! Auf wiedersehen!
Very Important Pennis
- Very Important Pennis: Part 2 (1996)
- Mr. Dragon Goes to Washington (1999)
- The Burning House (2002)
- Episode #6.6 (2005)
- Episodes #1.1 - #1.6 (2009)
- Hoff the Record (2010)
- Addiction (2010)
Attack of the Show!
- Original Series Finale (2013)
- F- Dancing, Are You Decent? (2014)
- Band Names-R-Us; Put Me in Coach (2014)
- Jellyfish Sting Clinic; David Hasselhoff (2015)
- The Thickenator (2014)
- Walk of Shame (2014)
- Blame It On Rio (2015)
The suspect was hoping to get cosmetic surgery so that he would look like The Hoff. (The doctor did say the photo was just a guideline....)
- The Abduction (2015)
- The United Nations (2015)
- The Movie (2015)
- The Horror (2016)
- Finance (2016)
- Wedding (2016)
- Divorce (2016)
- Rehab (2016)
- David Hasselhoff/View Your Deal (2016)
- The Show Must Go On: Part 1 (2017)
- Cowboy Aerobics and 473 Grease-Free Bolts (2021)
- So Long Boys/Clap Like This (2020)
This exists in both the Cineverse and in a Borderland which combines live-action with animation.
- SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout (2019)
The West Wing
- 20 Hours in L.A. (2000)
Welcome to the TVXOHOF, Hoff!