Hulk Hogan: Portrait Of A Hollywood Casualty
It has been quite a journey for Hulk Hogan. Born Terry Gene Bollea, he rose up from obscurity to become one the most famous pro wrestlers in the world with WWF. He even scored a career in Hollywood making movies, some popular and others I’m sure he’d want to forget. Then, in 2005, he followed in the footsteps of The Osbournes and decided to exploit his own family on the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best. Boy was that a mistake. Talk about selling your soul to the devil for a little extra cash.
Hogan Knows Best centered on the wrestler, his wife Linda and their two kids, Brooke and Nick. It was supposed to be about their closeness as a family. Throughout its two-year, four-season run, Brooke tried to break into the music business while Nick pursued his aspirations of becoming a race car driver. Things didn’t exactly go as planned. To say that fame and overexposure negatively affected the Hogan family is an extreme understatement. Brooke failed to launch her career as a pop star and Nick recklessly crashed his Toyota into a palm tree, permanently injuring his friend. To add insult to injury, recorded phone conversations where the Hogans viciously insult the victim and his family were subsequently released to the media.
By 2007, the reality show fell apart, as well as the family. Linda filed for divorce and began dating a teenage boy toy. This led to the Hulkster getting a bit too candid in a controversial Rolling Stone interview: “I could have turned everything into a crime scene like O.J., cutting everybody’s throat…you live half a mile from the 20,000-square-foot home you can’t go to anymore, you’re driving through downtown Clearwater and see a 19-year-old boy driving your Escalade, and you know that a 19-year-old boy is sleeping in your bed, with your wife …I totally understand O.J. I get it” (link to the full interview here).
It has truly been one of the most bitter celebrity divorce cases in recent memory (maybe even more than Sir Paul McCartney‘s split from nut job Heather Mills). This brings us to the latest news that Hulk ordered a drug test to be given to his ex-wife after she accused him of smoking pot with Brooke. During a radio interview, he offered her $100,000 to undergo “a full drug scan”.
According to WENN, Linda’s drug test has since come back negative, leaving the former wrestling star skeptical. Hulk called the media and stated: “Linda Hogan’s drug test is absolutely meaningless without proper tracking and verification. If Linda wants the world and the courts to believe that this is a valid drug test, she must prove that it was a legally supervised medical test taken at random…if Linda wanted us to believe she was clean, she should have taken advantage of the $100,000 offer by a national radio show for a random legally supervised drug test as opposed to the farce she has perpetrated upon the public.” Farce is right. Hulk is acting like anybody cares; like people have nothing better to do with their time than wonder, “I bet that Linda Hogan is smoking meth.” It’s been a long time since the Hulkster had any honor as a family-friendly entertainer. He should stop bringing so much attention to his grossly dysfunctional family pretty soon. Otherwise his legacy will be cemented as a reality show buffoon/crazy media-starved father, rather than a WWF star.
Brooke is the only family left championing the reality TV format. She’s been busy shamelessly promoting her spin-off, Brooke knows Best. In the following clip, it’s funny how she pretends to hate the paparazzi, even though she obviously craves the attention. I wonder who she inherited that from?