Laila Ali stopped Hulk Hogan from committing suicide

Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali may have been among reality TV’s worst hosts ever during their stint as American Gladiators co-hosts, but their working relationship saved Hulk Hogan’s life.

In his new book My Life Outside the Ring, which comes out next week, Hogan “admits he hit rock bottom after his divorce from ex-wife Linda, even reaching for a gun and putting his finger on the trigger. Fortunately, a phone call from his ‘Gladiators’ co-star Laila Ali, who noticed that Hogan was looking distracted earlier at work, prevented him from ending his life,” according to the New York Daily News.

The paper also reports that, in the book, “Hogan for the first time discusses the legalities of [his son's car] accident — and complains about some of its possible repercussions: The former WWF champ says a civil suit being brought against him by the family of Nick’s passenger — who is now permanently brain-damaged — is ‘for more money than I’ve made in my whole career.'”

Hogan writes that on their VH1 series Hogan Knows Best, “In public, we were all having the time of our lives, but that public image only further masked the problems that were growing behind the scenes. There were plenty of times when Linda would lose it, but no one wanted to see that kind of ugliness on TV.”

Hulk Hogan discusses nearly attempting suicide before call from Laila Ali in new book [New York Daily News]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.