When David Hasselhoff is down, he’s still never out.
Hasselhoff is skipping across the pond to become a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” it’s been confirmed after a week of speculation.
He’ll join existing “Talent” star Amanda Holden, as well as another new judge, comedian Michael McIntyre, on the judges panel in 2011. Judge Dread Simon Cowell will still be on board to lend his wonderfully wicked, er, constructive criticisms on stage during the live segments of the show.
It’s familiar territory for Hasselhoff, who was a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for four seasons until he was replaced earlier this year by Howie Mandel.
Ironically, “Britain” is recruiting Hasselhoff to fill the spot left by exiting judge Piers Morgan, who was The Hoff’s co-judge on “AGT.” Morgan is moving on to launch his own CNN show, “Piers Morgan Tonight,” in January after Larry King retires.
“Britain’s Got Talent is one of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows and I’m delighted to unveil Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff alongside Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden in a stellar new lineup of judges,” Elaine Bedell, ITV director of entertainment and comedy, confirmed to U.K.’s The Guardian.
The new gig couldn’t come at a better time for “The Hoff.”
The last year hasn’t been a smooth ride for the “Knight Rider.” Over the summer, Hasselhoff got burned in a Comedy Central roast; this fall, he was the first celebrity booted off “Dancing with the Stars”; and just last week, his A&E reality show “The Hasselhoffs” was canceled after only two episodes aired.
Here’s hoping the former “Baywatch” star can capitalize on his legendary “international heartthrob” status and find success in “Britain.”