David Hasseloff, “The Hoff,” acclaimed singer and television demigod of such 80s TV hits as “Baywatch,” Knight Rider,” and “America’s Got Talent,” who turns 58 in July, attends his namesake’s Knight Rider Festival with other actors and producers of the series, riding up in a K.I.T.T. car to the cheers of thousands of his fans at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas on March 18, 2010. (Prior article on March 19 by Las Vegas Backstage Access.)
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Trashing those late night sordid drinking and hamburger affairs, “The Hoff,” appears for now, to be sloshing onward and upward.
His namesake Knight Rider Festival will be hosted in Las Vegas this weekend. And, different than the first festival last year, this one will be graced by his presence. Hasselhoff plans to be at the festival on Fremont Street Experience on the First Street Stage tonight at 5 p.m., ushered in by Elvis impersonator Paul Casey, who created the Las Vegas event, dressed up as The Lone Ranger and riding up the street on a white horse signifying, Casey says, the original “Knight Rider” television show’s intent of being a modern-day version of the “The Lone Ranger.”
Following Casey and his white knight horse will be a parade of 20 K.I.T.T. cars from the series. The first one will be driven by Jack Gill, the main stunt driver for the series.
Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as “The Most Watched TV Star in the World,” Hasselhoff, who has been on television for more than 30 years, will be joined in the Las Vegas event by television show creator Glen Larson and actors Ann Turkel and Justin Bruening.
Allegedly, there will also be a drive-through wedding chapel with K.I.T.T. serving as best man.
Then it’s off to London for Hasseloff, where the WWE is having him guest host WWE Monday Night RAW on April 12.
And while that’s going on, the fun-loving-in-excess actor, who has also morphed into an internationally renowned singer receiving incredible kudos for his singing skills, especially in Europe, will be on a concert tour in Europe.
Hasselhoff is also on the road of making other endeavors a success too.
The folks at Abercrombie & Fitch hope are banking on the brand and image appeal of The Hoff to change their fortunes in the United States. So far, the traveling salvation show is working- his image is increasing sales revenue by 5 percent, while many of their industry competitors are down by 5 percent.
A&E also sees the shining rebounding light of Hasseloff, hiring him for a 10-epsisode deal for a new reality show with his two daughters. The docu-series, currently unnamed, slotted to air later this year, will take a behind-the-scenes look into the life of The Hoff focusing on his multiple entertainment and business endeavors, as well as his most important role as a single dad trying to help his teenage daughters’ break into the recording industry.
The Knight Rider Festival is March 19-20, all day, free. Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. www.knightriderfestival.com
Paul Casey Productions is bringing KITT back to Las Vegas. Knight Rider fans know that both the 1982 original series pilot and the 2008 revamped series opener were based in Las Vegas and on March 20 and 21 the Fremont Street Experience will be the sight of this fundraising weekend.
Although Hoff won’t be attending as he will be filming in New York “Dancing with the Stars” segments, organizers for the event promise many of the leading characters of the Knight Rider series will be on hand.
Events include a wedding at the drive-in chapel with KITT as the best man, a celebrity meet and greet, Q&A sessions and celebrity autograph sessions. In addition, there will be KITT car displays and a moment with Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
One of the primary objectives of the Knight Rider Festival is to gather donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. The Super Pursuit Mode KITT Fundraiser began months ago encouraging participants to collect money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Funds collected at the Knight Rider Festival will go directly to the pediatric unit at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson. The top 3 earners will be recognized with a Jay Orhberg Super Pursuit Award.