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
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.