David Hasselhoff for Britain's Got Talent

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 December 2010
Baywatch star David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff is to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on ITV1's 'Britain's Got Talent', despite having already been thrown off the US version of the show

David Hasselhoff is to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on ITV1's 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The former 'Baywatch' hunk - who was thrown off the judging panel on 'America's Got Talent' for drinking earlier this year - has reportedly been signed up by the music mogul in a £500,000 deal, and is said to be "delighted" to have been offered the job.

An insider explained: "David was delighted to receive the call as he really enjoyed his time on 'America's Got Talent'.

"He is popular in the UK and loves the country, so for him it is a dream opportunity. You might say it's ironic Simon asked David to replace him after he was dropped in America. But they are great pals and David is really looking forward to the auditions."

The 58-year-old star appeared on four series of the Stateside version of the show alongside Brits Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, but was asked to leave in January after being hospitalised on a number of occasions for alcohol-related seizures.

Despite his troubled past, Cowell now believes the Hollywood star - who is currently appearing in a pantomime in London's West End -is the ideal replacement.

Amanda Holden is also set to return to the show, while another judge is currently being found.

A show source told The Sun newspaper: "We are talking to David Hasselhoff. Nothing has been finalised."

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