'Knight Rider' actor changes name to David Hoff

"I’ve been wanting to drop the hassle from my life for years,” the 63-year-old actor took to Twitter Thursday to announce his name change.

David Hassellhoff changes name to David Hoff

David Hasselhoff is no more called the way we knew him… he has changed his name to David Hoff!

However, a rep for the former soap star later clarified that he hadn't seriously changed his name, Us Weekly claims.

"It's an excerpt from an ad campaign that launches in Australia this weekend," the rep said. "David is just having some fun and more will be revealed in the next 24 hours."

Real or not, the shortened surname isn't that huge a sea change for the “Baywatch” star since he’s used the nickname, The Hoff, for years.

The (sort of) new identity comes at time when the 'Knight Rider' alum has been trying to reinvigorate his career. He quipped the newly minted David Hoff in a YouTube video announcing the change. “Now it’s official.”:

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