David Hasselhoff quitting America’s Got Talent

After four seasons, America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff is leaving the NBC reality competition for his own, as-yet-unannounced TV show.

In a bland statement to People, he said, “I am proud that I was part of making America’s Got Talent the No. 1 rated show for the past four summers. 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.”

NBC is playing nice, saying in a statement, “David’s been an integral part of the success of America’s Got Talent and we are sad to see him go. We wish him all the best with his new show.”

Earlier, The Hoff threatened to quit before the second season, saying the show “is not my cup of tea.” But he stuck around for four seasons, long enough to be serenaded by an auditioner last season.

David Hasselhoff Leaving America’s Got Talent [People]

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