For those who have always wanted to see David Hasselhoff's house, Lifetime has a series for you. In conjunction with Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions, the network will debut "Celebrity Home Raiders" on Thursday at 10 p.m.
The premise couldn’t be simpler: Stars put personal belongings up for sale, with proceeds going to the charity of their choosing. Here’s the twist: While the host, Kit Hoover from "
Closets and the drawers in the bedroom furniture are always interesting,” said Julien, who found a gold record behind a sofa and
At the end of each show, one of the Julien's co-owners determines the auction estimates for the items. "Martin and I can be the bad guys that give them the reality check," Julien said. "Some of the celebrities are not happy with the evaluations, and it shows."
"Darren is a cool guy," said Hasselhoff, with a laugh. "It gave me a chance to tell all the amazing stories, but he undercut me on my 'Baywatch' pinball machine." The actor also donated items from
"They built a 12-foot replica of me," he added. "I was either going to turn it into a mailbox or a headstone, but I kept it in my screening room to scare people." Bidding for the "Hoff" effigy will begin at $500 during the April 11-12 Hollywood Legends auction in Beverly Hills, which features items from Hasselhoff and "Celebrity Home Raiders" guest stars Fran Drescher and Ice-T and Coco.
Julien got a serious fright at Gene Simmons' Beverly Hills mega-mansion, which is featured in the series premiere. While scouring the house for collectibles, he opened a door, only to come face to face with the tongue-wagging Kiss bassist. "Gene wasn't too happy that his personal space was invaded," Julien said. "That look on my face was not acting."
Simmons' memorabilia — including items from his wife, actress