It’s one of the most iconic shows of all time. Its red bathing suits and cheesy, slow-mo scenes are known the world over. Although NBC cancelled the show after one season, that didn’t stop Baywatch from becoming one of the most popular shows on television. Indeed, Baywatch persevered through cancellations, bad reviews, budget cuts and a sex tape, to name only a few. It went on to air in 148 countries and was translated into 15 languages. Of course, we do have to thank David Hasselhoff, who recognized early on that the show could be a success beyond the United States. He also agreed to take a massive pay cut, making it possible for us to admire Pamela Anderson’s bod for years to come.
With a show as iconic as Baywatch, naturally, there was going to be a reboot. This one will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, as well as cameos by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. It’s slated for May 19, 2017. That’s seven long months away, but in the meantime, we’re hoping this juicy behind-the-scenes look at the show will keep your appetite whet until then.
15 Carmen Electra Was Hoff’s Fave
14 The Show Cheaped Out A Lot
Baywatch had a fairly rocky start. NBC cancelled it after one season because of low ratings. Eventually, its budget was slashed by 30 percent. In order to save as much of their money as possible, they used rooms that were actually meant for the crew as part of their set. A break room that had running water, for example, was used as one of the lifeguard's kitchen. David Hasselhoff even agreed to be paid significantly less per episode, hoping that he may earn some of that money back in the future if the show became successful enough. The show would not have been able to continue on if it weren't for Hasselhoff.
13 The Cast Was Hot But Kinda Useless
12 Baywatch Rejected A Ton Of Stars
11 Pam’s Tape Boosted Baywatch Ratings
Anderson, along with her partner Tommy Lee, had the first ever celebrity sex tape - they were the original OGs, if you will. Of course, it initially threatened Anderson’s career because the show had considered firing her once the tape went public in 1995. It was a good thing they didn’t, though, because the ratings actually doubled after the tape leaked. The original producers of the show said that “It was a good thing for Baywatch.” Pamela Anderson and her body, from her DD breasts to her sex tape, did a lot of good things for Baywatch, at least ratings wise.
10 Jason Momoa Regrets His Baywatch Past
9 Leonardo DiCaprio Was Almost Cast
8 Tommy Lee Raged Over Pam’s Intimate Scenes
7 Pam Didn’t Want To Appear In The Reboot
It is now official that both Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff will be making cameos in the new Baywatch reboot (you can breathe a sigh of relief). While Hasselhoff was thrilled about it, that wasn’t exactly the case for Anderson. First of all, she didn’t think a Baywatch film would make it to the big screen in the first place, saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it” and that “I’ve heard this for 15 years.” She also said that she didn’t think a reboot would be a good idea because "It was charming on television and when you make a TV show [into] a movie I think it loses some of its charm."
6 Most Guys Weren’t Fit Enough For Baywatch
5 Pam’s Breasts Inspired Surgery
4 Contracts Restricted Their Weight
There’s a reason why everyone looked so fit in those tight, red swimsuits - they had contracts stipulating that they couldn’t gain (or lose) more than 5 pounds, a stipulation that applied to both men and women! This is according to Nicole Eggert who played Swimmer Quinn on the show. However, Traci Bingham, another cast member, added that “If you did anything to gain or lose weight, etc. you were in trouble.” All cast members had to wear body makeup as well.
3 Pam Slept With Everybody
2 Hoff Was Nuts Over Casting Decisions
1 Even More Behind-The-Scenes Coupling
This might be the most scandalous entry of them all. While there was a lot of sexiness happening on-screen (even if Pamela Anderson described the show as “sweet” and “innocent”), it seems that it was even steamier off-screen. It is no longer a secret that the majority of the cast members were engaging in intimate relations with one another. A number of former cast members have spoken about this, both men and women. David Chokachi, who played Cody Madison, confessed that "We're on the beach we're naked, we're around each other all day. It's like sun and ocean, it triggers a lot of stuff!" All of this came to light in a TV documentary Where are they Now?, that was released in May of 2016 - perhaps you should give it a watch if you’re curious to see what other scandalous things the Baywatch cast was getting up to.
Sources: <span style="font-weight: 400;">AccessHollywood, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dailymail, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">EOnline, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mirror, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">TheSun </span>
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