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published time By Sonali Velinker Kamat published time 24 Nov, 2015 Share image 0 Shares

What’s in a name? Well, most folks believe it’s not just an arbitrary label — so much so that they go to great lengths to choose the right name; especially in show business. And so it is that ‘Baywatch’ star David Hasselhoff has decided to ditch the hassle (pun intended) of his long moniker, opting to officially call himself ‘David Hoff’ going forward.

The ‘Knight Rider’ actor has been nicknamed ‘The Hoff’ for ages anyway, but claims he has wanted to make the change official for years. Of course this is not the first time he has considered changing his name. The Hoff confirms that he was told, back in 1975 (when he landed his first job on TV), to consider another name. ‘Eric’ came up as an option and David thought the idea was so random that he refused outright.

It may have taken him several decades to decide on the perfect moniker, but now that he has, he is overjoyed to have made the change. Announcing his new name in a YouTube video, the 63-year-old star showed off framed documents bearing his new signature. “Big news today and a massive relief for me. I hope everyone can understand… it feels great!” he added.

‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’ we say, but to Mr. Hoff it seems the moniker does matter.

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