Nine lands “The Hoff” for Celebrity Apprentice

By David Knox on January 10, 2012 / Filed Under News 27

Exclusive: The Nine Network has nabbed David Hasselhoff for Celebrity Apprentice.

“The Hoff” has recently been a judge on Britain’s Got Talent but was shed from the new-look panel headed by Simon Cowell. He has also judged America’s Got Talent, but is best known for his TV work on Baywatch and Knight Rider.

Hasselhoff has been rumoured to be on the shortlist for the second season of the Nine Reality series, but TV Tonight can confirm he will be a starter when filming begins on Monday.

Grabbing “The Hoff” is a knockout casting coup by Nine, ensuring the series will attract plenty of buzz.

Other names rumored to be potentials include Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Jason Akermanis, Nikki Webster, Julie Goodwin, Mark “Chopper” Read, Kris Smith and Stephen Belafonte.


  1. Kev January 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm -

    Mark Read? You’ve got to be kidding. What is it these days with turning criminals into celebrities?

  2. Dan January 11, 2012 at 10:30 am -

    @John – Thanks for clearing that up but I still can’t see why they have asked him to be on the show.

  3. robert January 11, 2012 at 9:54 am -

    Hasn’t he retired yet?

  4. Mac January 11, 2012 at 12:32 am -

    Well at least 9 are upfront about playing this show for laughs rather than showcasing people with any actual business acumen! (Yup – I’ll be watching!).

  5. marius j January 11, 2012 at 12:30 am -

    @izobel2-u r dead right about the dynamics in i’m a celebrity………our family have been watching for 11 years and love it(we r british)so possible know a lot more of the celebs-but back to the dynamics of Any celeb show, get the personalities right and the show is a winner

  6. jonno January 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm -

    Just get him drunk and give him a pizza and watch the ratings soar.

  7. Izobel2 January 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm -

    I saw the Hoff on that show “Same Name” and thought he was lovely. Can’t wait til the next season of Celeb Apprentice. Who cares if they’re from Oz or not. I just watched I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here and although I barely new anyone I grew to like them because the dynamic between everyone was interesting..

  8. John Jackson January 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm -

    @Dan – When you are saying Stephen Belafonte is known because of his father, and by that you mean Harry Belafonte well.. that is wrong. They aren’t related. They just have the same last name. Stephen Belafonte is actually known for being a movie/tv producer in his own right, not just because of Mel B and who you thought his father was.

  9. marius j January 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm -

    he was a judge on britain’s got talent last year and sat there looking gormless for it’s entire run-cept for it’s finale when the newly inserted botex wouldn’t allow him to look gormless.. hope the hoff will b better out here

  10. Lyn January 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm -

    OMG … No!!!!! :/

  11. Craig(Buzz) January 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm -

    Sounds good

  12. steve sydney January 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm -

    Are we that surprised?

    The Hoff would attend the opening of an envelope..

  13. Dan January 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm -

    Why do we always need to have an overseas “celebrity” in our shows? The Hoff you could class as a “celebrity” but Stephen Belafonte is only a “celebrity” by association of his wife and his father. I’ll not be watching it until he gets booted off (hopefully he’ll be the first). Surley after the success of the first show, Australian “celebrities” were clamouring to be on the show.

  14. deedeedragons January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm -

    Well at least they are going for interesting trash.

  15. Richard W January 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm -

    Sounds like he will be this seasons “Warick Capper”.

  16. Paul January 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm -

    Should be great, have as lot of love and admiration for “The Hoff” now as i did back in the 80’s and 90’s with Knight Rider and Baywatch (both keenly watched shows by me!!).

  17. Jezza (the first original one) January 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm -

    he he…should be funny

  18. Matt January 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm -

    Catherine- We should be happy that networks are coughing up to get decent names. Who cares what country they’re from. If international names are willing to come down here, it’s a massive positive not a negative. Who would you rather? Ed Phillips :S

  19. Dean January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am -

    Filming starts Monday? – when is it airing?

  20. sarah h January 10, 2012 at 10:52 am -

    sweet! cant wait to see if this season exceeds the awesomeness of the first season.

  21. catherine January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am -

    Why do we needs to bring an american in? I know Curtis Stone was on the US one but dont we have enough Australians that can go on this show and probably look stupid like the Hoff will.

  22. Ryaneco January 10, 2012 at 10:35 am -

    Trash. But a very good get for Nine

  23. MuchoTB January 10, 2012 at 9:48 am -

    It’s all about the $$$

  24. Jerome January 10, 2012 at 9:40 am -

    Definately a coup.

  25. tmorgan96 January 10, 2012 at 9:21 am -

    I think we can officially state that Celebrity Apprentice 2012 will be a hit in 2012.

  26. ben January 10, 2012 at 9:15 am -

    A good loud noisy show that will do great numbers for Nine

  27. Steev January 10, 2012 at 9:01 am -

    Hardly an exclusive – this news leaked over Christmas.

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