David Hasselhoff announced on Thursday, Nov. 12, that he had changed his name to David Hoff. Credit: Karwai Tang/Getty Images

The Hoff is here! On Thursday, Nov. 12, David Hasselhoff stunned and confused fans when he posted a YouTube video announcing he had changed his name to David Hoff.

“Big news today and a massive relief for me,” the former Baywatch star wrote in a tweet to accompany the video. “I hope everyone can understand… it feels great!” The 63-year-old actor has been nicknamed “The Hoff” for ages.

In the clip, the TV star holds up a giant framed certificate that states his supposedly new name.

“I’ve been wanting to drop the Hassel from my life for years,” he says. “Now I have made it official.”

Though a legal name change to just Hoff would've been amazing, his rep explains to Us Weekly that the international superstar is not really altering his name. 

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

Hoff most recently starred in Sharknado 3 and Ted 2, which were both released earlier this year.

Hoff has been honest about his opinion about the third Sharknado film, which also starred Tara Reid and Ian Ziering. In March, the Knight Rider actor called it “the worst movie you have ever seen.”

“The people making the movie have the best sense of humor. Everyone’s in on the joke,” he told HuffPost Live in an interview. “I had so much fun making the movie.”

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