David Hasselhoff is leaving ‘America’s Got Talent’ – and not for ‘Celebrity Rehab’

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It looks like everyone’s favorite barely-functioning alcoholic, David Hasselhoff, is leaving his gig at NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The Hoff was basically filling the “Paula Abdul” role on that show as the often incomprehensible, totally wasted celebrity judge. While he didn’t give specifics, David says he has a new show in production and will be releasing details very soon. And no, it’s not a guest spot on “Intervention” or “Celebrity Rehab,” although those are probably not bad ideas.

David Hasselhoff is saying goodbye to America’s Got Talent after four years as a judge with Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Hasselhoff, 57, says, “I am proud that I was part of making America’s Got Talent the No. 1 rated show for the past four summers. It’s been a rewarding experience and now I’m thrilled to be able to follow my dream to do my own TV show, which will be announced very shortly.”

Hasselhoff adds, “I want to thank my friend, (executive producer) Simon Cowell, and everyone at NBC and Fremantle for the opportunity for four great years.”

Details of his new project have not been released.

A statement from NBC says, “David’s been an integral part of the success of America’s Got Talent and we are sad to see him go. We wish him all the best with his new show.”

NBC sources say that they will be looking for a new judge to fill Hasselhoff’s seat when the show resumes next summer for the fifth season, but no names have been cited as potential replacements

[From People]

I’ve actually lost track of how many times David Hasselhoff either showed up at an event drunk or was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning over the last couple of years. He seems to have a dismissive excuse each time, but he’s not really fooling anyone. What I don’t understand is, how is he getting work? If you or I showed up at our job sloshed out of our minds with the frequency he does, we’d be living in a cardboard box by now. A new TV show is the last thing he needs. The guy is a straight-up mess and needs in-patient rehab. Again.

David The Hoff Hasselhoff looks sharp as he arrives at the ITV studios on London's Southbank

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  1. lucy2 says:

    He’s such a mess, needs serious help. For such a bad actor and such a cheeseball personality, he’s been really fortunate he’s had such a long and successful career at all. He really should look at his life and his kids and be thankful, and get some help before he really hurts himself or someone else.

  2. Firestarter says:

    I liked Hoff on that show.

  3. Linda Diane says:

    He sure thinks he’s great, how embarrassing.

  4. Ogechi says:

    i love this guy on the show. Gdluck to his future endeavours.

  5. Just a Poster says:

    Not to be mean, but that second picture is scary!

  6. MSat says:

    I should also add that when you Google “David Hasselhoff drunk” there are more than 3 pages of results from 2009 alone.

    If that’s not a sign that you need rehab, I don’t know what is.

  7. Sumodo says:

    Next show appearance: Doctor Drew.

  8. Alecto says:

    the drink is taking what looks he had quick

  9. Tess says:

    I always think of him as Dr. Snapper Foster.

    Good God. Seems like a couple of centuries ago when he was on “The Young and the Restless.”

  10. Black Cat says:

    Drunken POS.. go gobble up another Wendy’s burger.

  11. Luci Liu says:

    NOW SIMON CAN DO THE RIGHT THING, AND GIVE PAULA A JOB AND A SALARY THAT SHE DESERVES. I KNOW SHE’S LOOPY SOMETIMES, BUT TO GIVE ALL OF THE MALES ON IDOL A RAISE, AND OFFER PAULA SUBSTANTIALLY LESS,REEKS OF DISCRIMATION,AND IT’S JUST PLAIN WRONG!!!!!!!!!!