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E! True Hollywood Story tackles Hulk Hogan saga



The long work of rehabilitating the Hulk Hogan family brand is in full swing.Hulk_hogan_2

Those of us familiar with the ways of celebrity media know there are two kinds of E! True Hollywood Story episodes: ones where the subjects participate, and ones where they don't.

I've heard from several celebrities that when E! calls about these pieces, the offer is made plain: cooperate with us by giving interviews and background material, so the piece will be much less harsh. And the THS episode on Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea and his family's disastrous year airing at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 features interviews with Bollea, daughter Brooke, local pal/radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem and many more friends and intimates.

According to the early clips released to critics, Clem blames the reality show Hogan Knows Best for "destroying" Bollea's family, and the ex-wrestler talks about feeling like he might vomit after realizing he was going to be divorcing wife Linda.

After perusing these quotes, I wouldn't be surprised if the show offered a bit better publicity than the steady stream of headlines dogging the family over the past year, furthering a process started with Bollea's Larry King Live interview with improving the family's image outside the gossip columns.

E! just sent TV critics a collection of quotes from the show. Check them out below:

Hulk Hogan, on his feelings over the divorce: "It was shocking. … I didn't know if I was going to vomit or pass out or cry, and I kind of took a few moments, and it was like I got kicked by a mule. … I was one of these hopeless romantics that thought no matter what happened, I thought I would be the one who was married forever."

Hulk_brooke_hogan_wideweb__470x3600 Brooke Hogan, leading up to Hulk's "Larry King Live" interview: "It was to the point where we were getting so just slaughtered with this press of just false rumors and false stories, it was just like the truth has to come out."

Brooke Hogan, on her dad being alone: "There's been times where he's been alone that have scared the living daylights out of me and I'm like, 'Dad, I'll be right there.'  He's very emotional, and he starts over thinking things, and he starts getting really sad."

Brooke Hogan, on her father's current girlfriend, Jennifer McDaniel: "I really do like Jennifer a lot.  It would probably kill my mom to hear this.  I'm glad that she's around because, you know, I'm trying to do my own thing and work, and it's like I can't be there 24/7 so it's nice to know that there's somebody that I trust with, you know, taking care of him as much as I would."

Hulk Hogan, on Nick's sentencing for reckless driving: "When the judge said you're gonna get 8 months in jail, Nick didn't turn around and look at me for advice, guidance or anything.  He just took it like a man.  I never got to say goodbye to him, you know."

Brooke Hogan, on how the incident affected her brother: "Nick, for being in his situation, for being in the public eye, it was a good lesson.  He definitely he got a wake up call."

Hoganlinda Brooke Hogan, on the effect of her brother Nick's car accident on her parents' relationship: "The accident, I think really showed them that they just don't view things the same as individuals and as parents, you know, so, it was just kind of like a wakeup call.  I just think that all the stress of our life kind of made it happen sooner."

Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, friend/radio personality, on "Hogan Knows Best:" "In my opinion the reality show is what destroyed the family, and I can remember Terry telling me, 'It is what it is, brother.' " 

Eric Bischoff, friend/former wrestling promoter: "Hulk finally for the first time in a 25-year career allowed people to look behind the curtain, you know, for a guy who is as aware as he is about staying in character and being that brand and being Hulk Hogan.  For him to finally let people in his house, see him in the shower, sitting on the toilet, flipping eggs, was a big thing."

Brooke Hogan, on her reality show, "Brooke Knows Best:" "It's like the best time in my life because it's me and my two best friends and we can just raise hell.  There's not, like, Mom and Dad watching.  It's like I just kind of go, you know, balls to the wall."

Hulk Hogan, on the business of professional wrestling: "No matter how often I worked or how easy things were getting, I felt everybody was replaceable in the business.  It was a business with no security.  If you broke your leg, that was it.  I mean, it was over.  It wasn't like we had guaranteed contracts.  There was no insurance.  There was nothing so I mean, you just never knew how long it was gonna last."

Brooke Hogan, on her dad wrestling: "It was really horrifying for me and Nick because all I saw was my dad bleeding profusely and Nick would go running down the hallways, screaming.'"

Bill Goldberg, friend/wrestler, on Hulk: "I don't think Terry's happy unless he's performing.  He's always gonna be out there, and he's got fans upon fans upon fans who are always gonna be with him."


Here's the press release:


In Exclusive New Interviews, Hulk and Brooke Hogan Set the Record Straight

Friends and Relatives of the Wrestling Legend Offer Unique Insight into America's Favorite TV Family

Los Angeles, CA, October 27, 2008 – Terry Bollea, known by his ring name, "Hulk Hogan," is the most celebrated professional wrestler of all time and for years, "Hulkamaniacs" followed his every move.  Then, in 2005, the reality show "Hogan Knows Best" introduced audiences to Hulk's animal-loving wife Linda, his pop-singing daughter Brooke and his wild-child son Nick.  It seemed nothing could come between this tightly-knit clan, but this past year has proven otherwise.  From Nick's devastating car crash and imprisonment to Hulk and Linda's bitter divorce, the numerous scandals have left the Hogan family divided.  Now, in a special ninety-minute episode, Hulk and Brooke Hogan sit with E! to address the drama, speaking candidly about the shocking events that have rocked their family.

No topic is off-limits in this captivating THS: Hulk and Brooke discuss the heart-wrenching effects of Nick's horrible accident and the agony of Hulk and Linda's divorce.  Hulk also opens up about his tough decision to say goodbye to wrestling and explains why he chose to place his loved ones under the microscope of a reality TV show.  Finally, Brooke gives her take on her close bond with her father and explains her feelings about the current relationship she has with her mother.

Also on hand are close friends and family members including Hulk's niece Victoria Bollea, wresting pals Eric Bischoff, Bill Goldberg, Brian Knobbs and Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem, along with "Brooke Knows Best" co-stars Ashley Menedez and Glenn Douglas.  Plus, this unforgettable episode is peppered with personal family photos and home video of Hulk growing up, Hulk and Linda's wedding and Nick and Brooke as young kids.  "Hulk Hogan & Family: The E! True Hollywood Story" premieres Friday, November 7 at 8pm ET/PT on E!

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:52pm]


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