TORONTO — David Hasselhoff went from enjoying long runs on series television (The Young and the Restless, Knight Rider, Baywatch) to making tabloid headlines for booze-fueled misadventures and marital woes.
The actor-singer, now 61, decided to turn lemons into lemonade and become The Hoff, a character that enables him to laugh at himself and cash-in on those who laugh at him.
Appearing on Global’s The Morning Show on Thursday, Hasselhoff admitted he wasn’t thrilled with the attention he got off-screen.
“I got a bum rap on some stuff that I did and I felt, ‘This is ridiculous, I didn’t kill anybody. I was just being human,’” he said.
Asked to explain the difference between Hasselhoff and The Hoff, the star replied: “The Hoff is making more money than Hasselhoff. And it’s pissing me Hoff.”
Hasselhoff, who is in the city to appear at Fan Expo, admitted he is looking for a TV comeback.
“I’ve gone back to all the networks who suddenly realize I’m marketable because I’m the Hoff,” he said. “I’m trying to get back on television and I’m pretty damn close.”
Hasselhoff knows Hollywood is fickle.
“You have to make it happen,” he said. “It’s how well you deal with rejection. You’ve got to weather those storms.”
Hasselhoff added: “If you take life seriously, you’re going to lose. Life isn’t fair. Once you realize that … just keep moving forward and just take whatever opportunity’s out there.”
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