David Hasselhoff Quits “America’s Got Talent”

Ex-Baywatch star says he has new TV gig in the pipeline

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 4:15 AM EDT
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David Hasselhoff is getting his own show.

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The Hoff is leaving “America’s Got Talent.”

Ex-“Baywatch” hunk David Hasselhoff announced his exit as a judge for four seasons on NBC’s hit talent competition, saying in an statement to People Wednesday that he planned to pursue a solo-TV show.

“I am proud that I was part of making America’s Got Talent the No. 1 rated show for the past four summers,” Hasselhoff said. “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.

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

Hasselhoff did not elaborate on the nature of his new show.

NBC sources told People they wished the Hoff “all the best with his new show” and would be looking for a replacement to take his spot alongside fellow "Talent" judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne.
 

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