David Hasselhoff returns to 'Young and the Restless'

david-hasselhoffImage Credit: Solarpix/PR PhotosLook who’s coming home to Genoa City! EW.com has learned that David Hasselhoff will briefly reprise his role as Dr. William “Snapper” Foster, Jr. on The Young and the Restless. He’ll return to the show’s Los Angeles set in May for an arc that will start airing in mid-June. The Baywatch star got his start in TV by starring on the popular sudser from 1975 to 1982.

“In 1976, Bill Bell, creator of America’s No. 1 soap opera, took a chance on a young and very green actor,” Hasselhoff said in a statement given exclusively to EW.com. “Playing Snapper in 850 shows during the six years I appeared molded my craft, my attitude and my work ethic. Being asked to come back to appear in several episodes gives me a chance to say thanks, as I have an amazing amount of respect and heartfelt emotion for Bill, his family and my time on Young and the Restless. I just hope I can remember all those lines.”

It seems likely that Hasselhoff will address his return to Restless in his upcoming reality show for A&E, but CBS could not confirm.

Hasselhoff won’t be the only Foster family member to stage a surprise homecoming: Veteran TV actor Wings Hauser will also reprise his role as Snapper’s brother Greg, and Julianna McCarthy will pick up where she left off in 2008 as matriarch Liz Foster Brooks. She is the mother of Jill Foster Abbott, who is currently played by the Emmy-winning Jess Walton (who didn’t start playing the character until 1987 so there will be no vintage shots of the Foster family). While in Genoa City, Hasselhoff’s Snapper married Chris Brooks and had an affair with Sally McGuire, who bore his son Chuckie.  On the wedding day of Snapper’s mother and Chris’s father, they presented the couple with new granddaughter Jennifer Elizabeth Foster. Snapper supposedly left Wisconsin in 1982 to accept a three-month fellowship in London to teach; he ended up staying there.
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  • Shadow Step

    What a guy! *g*

    • GROWING PAINS FAN

      I hope he guest stars on one of the best shows on tv – LEGEND OF THE SEEKER!!!!!!!

      • Nshi

        Wow, what a great career move. The last time I saw him on TV he was drunkenly eating a hamburger off the floor.

      • AJ

        Seriously GPF? Are you going on every board mentioning Legend of the Seeker?

    • GROWING PAINS FAN

      His greatest role:

      • Dolores

        This is really strange as I wrote to them a few weeks ago and suggested that they do this. GREAT NEWS

    • phil

      Can’t wait for the episode where he throws up in a drunken stupor.

  • chelsey

    Wow that seriously is great news. I started watching the Y&R in 1980 with my grandmother. When Snapper left, the scene with him and his son. We all cried. Still addicted to the Y&R, mind you it was soooo much better when the fosters were there. Can’t wait

  • debbie

    i am so happy to hear this. have watched y and r since the beginning, and i loved snapper. cant wait.

    • Sylvia

      Happy about David Hasselhoff return, but y&R is slipping up very bad w/ this double-digits, lauren and sara; emily and patty, Victoria sleeping w/ Billy, I wonder if Y&R are tryong to to get the axe like ATWT, and Guiding Light.

  • Starling

    Think he’ll be able to remember his lines?

  • paco from nj

    Gee–I never watched any soap, whether THe Hoff was in it or not.
    I certainly hope there is a rider in his contract for unlimited cheeseburgers to be delivered to him during the filming. Hoff–“You Have The Floor!”

  • socool

    *Herpes*

  • TONY

    I smell desperation.

    In its heyday when there were like 20 soaps on the air, about 15 million people a day were watching Y&R.

    Now there are 5 soaps left with Y&R still the top-ratd serial at 4 million viewers a day.

    A great way to celebrate the death of a genre. Bring back a celebrity whose career is over.

    • Bee

      Geez, I’m depressed after reading this. It’s only a soap, relax.

    • gia

      AMC, ATWT, B&B, Days, GH, OLTL, Y&R are seven soaps, not five. Even if you remove ATWT because it’s going off the air later this year, that makes six soaps.

  • Jessica

    I watch YR everyday and frankly have no interest in watching him.

  • gigi

    Excited…not just for The Hoff, but that Y&R will be bringing back the whole Foster clan. This should be good stuff.

  • Gingercat

    Snapper AND Greg AND mama Liz? That is awesome! I might have to check it out. Haven’t watched Y & R forever!

  • breadmaker

    While I am all for bringing back some old timers I will just hope they can keep this one sober for the duration.

  • Doug

    It took me about 3 years of trying to break a 25 year addiction to Y&R.
    But I guess I’m going to have to watch the return of the Fosters.
    Who next though, Robert Cleary?

    • Kate

      no,that would have to be on Ghost Whisperer!

  • Mary

    I thought his name on Y&R was Clipper? Cuz, he clipped players on the football field. I never watched but my older sisters did.

  • NSLogan

    Well who watches that soap anyhoo. I thought they already canceled it, but adding him to it only shows just how desperate they are in trying to get people to watch that lameazz soap.
    Just kill off the whole cast and try and leave with a little dignity.

  • DWW

    Maybe, just maybe, David will be able to use this opportunity to help re-build his self respect and help him with recovery from Alcohol. I pray that is the case and I will pray for his success. Alcohol is a drug and alcoholism is a disease. Cruelty about his illness is not called for. It takes a lot of courage to face your demons and weaknesses, especially when you are in the public eye. I applaud his strength and wish him all the best in the world.

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