The suspicion lingers: Did The Hoff pull one off on the media over the weekend?
It was supposed to be a celebration of David Hasselhoff's 59th birthday, with Saturday appearances at Encore Beach Club and Blush Boutique nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.
Then news broke (leaked?) that The Hoff blew up at his 31-year-old girlfriend, Hayley Roberts, early in the evening, with security summoned to his Wynn suite.
That's all believable enough. The loveable lug has a history of occasionally going off the rails. And both could have been struggling with jet lag considering they made a long flight from Europe two days earlier and reportedly left for Las Vegas at 5 a.m. Saturday.
A red carpet was planned for 11:30 p.m. and it had all the elements of another celebrity train wreck.
But when they arrived, pretty much on time, there was The Hoff and Hayley, all smiles and affectionate as they faced the red carpet cameras.
After some small talk, I asked Hasselhoff about the TMZ.com report of a nasty disturbance.
He immediately started moving away, but turned and said, "Nothing to it."
So security came to the room, but there was no disturbance at all, I said.
He stopped, leaned down and kissed Roberts on the cheek.
"That's the disturbance right there," he said, pointing to Roberts.
Back to my suspicions. A number of media received calls on Friday saying The Hoff hoped we would be joining him.
That never happens in this business, but like I said, he's a decent guy who we all pull for.
While surfing the Internet on Sunday, I read that he tweeted this on Friday night:
"Having a birthday party at Blush on Saturday in Vegas ... It's gonna rock ... come and play ... PS Who's engaged?" (turned out to be his girlfriend's sister).
Tweet after tweet urged fans to attend the party or watch him (last night) in CBS' new series, "Same Name."
Nothing wrong with that, either.
But I'm going with: It was all orchestrated to promote his new show.
Leonardo DiCaprio, spotted at Le Reve at Wynn Saturday. ... Kim Kardashian and family, filming scenes for their reality show on Sunday at Azure, the Palazzo pool venue. The Kardashians were in town for Kim's bachelorette party and her fiancé Kris Humphries' bachelor party. She held her bachelorette party at Tao (The Venetian) and he held court at Lavo (Palazzo). Kim was joined by sisters Khloe and Kourtney, mom Kris, and friends. Humphries, who played with the New Jersey Nets last season, celebrated with teammates, Los Angeles Lakers veteran Lamar Odom, Scott Disick, and friends at Lavo. ... At the Amir Khan-Zab Judah fight (Mandalay Bay) on Saturday: former boxing champs Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe and Fernando Vargas, along with Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers, Carlos Boozer of the Chicago Bulls, running back Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants, Caron Butler of the Dallas Mavericks and Stephen Moyer of HBO's "True Blood." ... At Club Nikki (Tropicana), where Khan hosted after the after-fight party: R&B star Jay Sean, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Bynum. ... Kate Gosselin of "Kate Plus 8" spotted boarding a New York City-bound flight at McCarran International Airport on Sunday morning. ... UNLV basketball great Lionel Hollins, who took the Memphis Grizzlies deep into the NBA playoffs, at Palms Place and Haze (Aria) with local attorney and old friend Marc Risman, who is representing Reggie Jackson's stepmother and half brother in their legal bid to sell memorabilia that once belonged to Jackson's father.
THE PUNCH LINE
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