When David Hasselhoff got the call to host an upcoming television special paying tribute to those affected by the Gulf oil spill, he jumped at the chance. "It was perfect timing that the light could shine here on the coast," the former "Baywatch" star told the Biloxi Sun-Herald. "This is a great place, and people need to know it."

Of course, the "Hoff" wasn't just the host of the already taped show. He also wowed the crowd with a performance of "Feeling Good" — joining other artists like Lonestar, Terri Clark, Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks for over two days of free concerts.

The show, titled "The Gulf Is Back", will also feature special appearances by stars including Dean Cain, Shannon Elizabeth and B.B. King, along with moving real-life stories of the heroic actions taken by everyday people to overcome problems caused by the devastating oil spill.

“The coast and the rest of Mississippi have kindness, hospitality and incredible scenes here that you do not find very much,” said Emmy-winning producer David McKenzie. “You have so much to offer people. It is time to market this place and get into the real game.”

"The Gulf Is Back" will air on the CW Network Aug. 27 from 8-9 p.m. EST.

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Hasselhoff hosts TV oil spill special
'The Gulf Is Back' to air August 27th on the CW network.