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It was just a matter of time before David Hasselhoff‘s addiction issues spelled the end of his run on the NBC summer series “America’s Got Talent”. The network announced on Sunday that comedian Howie Mandel will join Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan as a judge when the show resumes production.

Howie is a self described germophobic. The actual term is mysophobia, a fear of germs. He doesn’t shake hands — preferring instead to fist bump. He is host of the popular game show “Deal or No Deal”. He has another new NBC reality show “Howie Do It” and performs across the country in limited engagements as a stand-up comic. He married his high school sweetheart Terry 30-years-ago and the couple have three children.

Hasselhoff has been hospitalized on multiple occasions for seizures brought on by excessive bouts of drinking. His ex-wife Barbara Bach has had issues with alcohol too. She was recently arrested for DUI.

David told reporters last fall that he and his daughters Hayley and Taylor Ann were working with A & E network on a reality show. No word on the viability of the proposed documentary style project.

Another new judge who will debut this week is television host Ellen DeGeneres, who replaces Paula Abdul on the popular FOX show “American Idol”. Another guy who got the boot this week was Jay Lenodetails here.

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