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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: Die, Hasselhoff! Die!

NEW YORK -- David Hasselhoff's character apparently dies in an explosion in the May season finale of "Baywatch Hawaii'' - and Hasselhoff's not happy about it.

"I thought it was a joke when I read the script. I was upset,'' he told the March 4 issue of TV Guide. "I was planning to leave, but not like that!''

Hasselhoff is exiting the syndicated series after 10 years playing lifeguard Captain Mitch Buchannon. The show moved to Hawaii this year after nine seasons in Los Angeles.

Hasselhoff, 47, said the show is "missing the boat. It lacks heart.''

The star's next project is playing a "suave guy who drinks champagne and romances pretty women'' in "Double Cross,'' a tongue-in-cheek sleuth show he's hoping to launch.