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David Hasselhoff Smacks Head, Severs Tendon, Wanders Wimbledon – Weird Week in London

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It’s been a weird week around old London town for the man the Guinness Book of World Records calls “The Most Watched TV Star in the World.” In town to shoot a commercial for British Internet company Pipex, last Thursday David Hasselhoff, 53, pumped a little iron in the gym at the Sanderson Hotel in London’s West End then headed to the washroom for a shave.

The Baywatch icon and Continental singing star worked himself up into such a lather shaving that he managed to smash his head on a low-hanging chandelier. How low WAS this chandelier? Hasselhoff is tall at 6’4″, but he isn’t Shaq or anything. Maybe this is what they mean by “mini-gym.”

Anyway, the notoriously oversized Hasselhoff head struck the fixture with such manly force that shards of glass rained down upon the star, lodging in his exposed right arm and severing a tendon. That is a massive amount of self-inflicted violence.

Hasselhoff spent a night at St. Thomas’ Hospital in central London after doctors operated to repair the damage.

So that was pretty strange. But then yesterday, some of the press reported a “drunken” Hasselhoff — who underwent alcohol treatment in 2002 and 2004 — had been booted from the lustrous lawns of Wimbledon for “trying to barge into the tennis players’ private bar after an all day drinking session,” and that he was “ejected from the ground and told not to bother coming back” for being “absolutely steaming drunk and … very abusive.”

Today all fronts denied the reports. The All England Club, which runs the hallowed tennis event, said no flipping way, stating that “security guards knew nothing of the claims,” and that Hasselhoff “wasn’t ejected.”

He apparently DID try to enter the press area while searching for Court 13, but was “not correctly accredited,” according to the All England spokeswoman.

HasselhoffAGT HasselhoffClick Coincidentally, Hasselhoff recently cancelled plans to play Captain Hook in a Christmastime performance of — quite seriously — a pantomime version of Peter Pan at the New Wimbledon Theatre, just a firm backhand away from the famed tennis grounds. The pantomime performance conflicted with Simon Cowell’s latest TV series, America’s Got Talent, which sees Hasselhoff — one of Germany’s favorite pop singers — judging aspiring performers.

Hasselhoff is also featured in the new Adam Sandler film Click, and appeared as himself in the last few years in Dodgeball and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Playing yourself: now that’s an icon.


The icon rocks, after a fashion

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  • Dawn

    Now that WAS strange.

    Fun story!!!

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    no kiddin’! i read this in the paper this weekend and have to say it made as much sense then as now…shaving….smashed chandelier…severed tendon.

    wtf! it’s like…was mowing the lawn…hungry…made a pb&j sandwich….severely burned hand in rotisserie oven.

  • Dawn

    I like your version better, Mark!

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    it almost makes more sense.

  • Eric Olsen

    that last Dawn message was from me, actually!

  • Scott Butki

    Oh, identity theft from within the same family!
    For shame!

    I’m sure he was “not ejected” but “asked to leave”

    What I want to know is how they figure he is the
    most watched tv actor? If they mean because of
    the popularity of Baywatch I have to point out that the one person I’m least likely to watch
    on the show is Hasselhoff.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    I don’t find it so strange that Hasselhoff is involved in a pantomime performance–with the TV volume turned down, that’s kind of how I viewed “Baywatch.”

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    There were male actors on Baywatch? Odd that I never noticed them.

  • Eric Olsen

    they claim a billion people a week or day or minute or something see him on either Baywatch or Knight Rider, both of which are outstandingly popular in syndication outside of the U.S.

    Hasselhoff also was exec producer of Baywatch, so he did quite well for himself.

    I honestly don’t remember ever seeing an actual episode of either Baywatch or Knight Rider

  • http://www.genericmugwump.com/ Aaron Fleming

    Haha, that’s hilarious. Hopefully he’ll come to his senses now and make that Nick Fury sequel we all want, a smack in the cranium is often known to result in such beneficial consequences, just look at Doc Brown and the flux capacitor.

  • Eric Olsen

    superb observation Aaron – thanks!

  • http://www.nolanandcompany.com Thom Nolan

    Man, Hasselhoff and that video Hooked on a Feeling is just way strange. Bizarre would be good word for it. And that other one which I think is Get In My Car. Wow, who thinks up that stuff?

    Thom Nolan
    Summerville, SC

  • adam

    lol he looks like an evil version of regis in that bottom left pic.

  • Eric Olsen

    he looks pretty great for 53, but he is certainly odd

  • Eric Olsen

    that’s one I have to see: I see all movies in which Hasselhoff appears but does not star

  • Loofa

    He looks like an angry heatmiser from that Christmas show!!!!!!!!!!!!! He looks really adorable!!!!!!

  • Eric Olsen

    same big head

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    like james vanderbeek.

  • Eric Olsen

    and Jimmy Neutron

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    and phyllis diller

  • Eric Olsen

    and Mr. Potatohead

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    and all three of the Pep Boys together.

  • Eric Olsen

    Manny Moe and Jack – they know what you’re after

  • http://www.rebeccawright.com Rebecca

    I know it’s scary, but he must be doing something right. I read a little over a year ago that his net worth is a bit over the $100 million mark because he owns a hefty portion of the “Baywatch” rights and he’s one of the biggest pop stars in German history. (Now that is scary, because I remember being absolutely petrified at the sight of him singing, “Do You Love Me” on Solid Gold in the 1980’s). My appologies to the Contours!

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, he was exec producer of Baywatch and owns a big chunk of it – that was a very smart business move

  • Eric Olsen

    just added the instant classic “Jump In My Car” video

  • Scott Butki

    Is this video legit or a forgery? Is he really this weird and dumb?

  • Scott Butki

    Scratch that – found a making of video so
    I guess it’s really…. really.
    I’m speechless

  • http://www.rustyspigot.com chris

    Why is this so big in the news when the story about him beating his wife (source) hardly got any airtime?

    Guess its the video. Very sad to watch, I hope he finds something of substance to his life

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