The Hogan family: Bring on the reality

The Hogan family: Bring on the reality
By DERRIK J. LANG, The Associated Press 

NEW YORK — The similarities between Ozzy Osbourne’s family and Terry “Hulk” Hogan’s bleached-blond brood are as striking as the wrestling legend’s leg drop finishing move.

Hogan, 51, is the only seasoned celebrity among his family of four, just like Ozzy. Daughter Brooke, 16, is an aspiring music star, just like Kelly. Son Nick, 14, is rebellious and slightly apathetic, just like Jack. And wife Linda seems to be the true ringleader of the household, just like — you guessed it — Sharon.

Of course, the tanned and rowdy Hogan family, stars of the VH1 reality show “Hogan Knows Best,” would like to think otherwise.

“Our intensity isn’t madness,” insists Hogan, clad in his trademark do-rag while sitting with his family in a conference room above Times Square. “We are a united front here.”

Before fatherhood, Hogan often advised little Hulkamaniacs to say their prayers and take their vitamins. With his own kids, curfews are enforced, drugs are a no-no and dating is off-limits.

Despite the strictness, Linda and Hulk are supportive of Nick and Brooke. Nick’s into cars. Brooke’s into being a star. She wants to ride her dad’s do-rag tails to Britneydom. After going through what Hogan calls a “boot camp” with boy-band impresario Lou Pearlman, Brooke ditched the producer and is recording a debut album on her own.

Using his fame, Hulk is giving Brooke a big push. The pair popped up at this year’s Grammys and starred in the VH1 special “Hulk Hogan, Stage Dad,” the precursor to “Hogan Knows Best.” Hulk is afraid of Brooke receiving the Lindsay Lohan tabloid treatment, but it’s all part of the job.

“I know I can handle it,” says the bubbly Brooke.

Although Hulk is the star of “Hogan Knows Best,” which airs at 10 p.m. Sundays, boosting Brooke’s pop career was the main motivation for allowing producers and camera crews to invade their 18,000-square-foot home in Belleair, Fla.

“Terry and I knew about the reality side of having a reality TV show,” says Linda. “It’s in your face. It’s four months of having no privacy.”

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