'Baywatch' Cast Reunites for 25th Anniversary, Reveals Weight Clause

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 03:43 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The "Baywatch" cast recently reunited to celebrate the show's 25-year anniversary with a sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight, and the stars dished behind the scenes secrets, including drama between actors and weight clauses in their contracts. 

"[There] was a five-pound fluctuation you couldn’t go up or down," actress Nicole Eggert told Entertainment Tonight.

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"You kinda didn't have a choice, you could either do it, or go," added fellow cast member Traci Bingham. "If you did anything to gain or lose weight, etc., you were in trouble."

The interview was conducted by Taylor Hasselhoff, the daughter of the show's lead, David Hasselhoff.

The reunion included Eggert, Bingham, Hasselhoff, Gena Lee Nolin, Parker Stevenson, David Chokachi, and Brande Roderick. Two of the leading actresses on the show, Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra, were not present.

"We look good, we preserved well," said Hasselhoff, as he surveyed his former cast. "It's so much fun, we could turn around and do the show tomorrow."

The "Baywatch" cast also discussed the famous tight red bathing suits that became part of the show's trademark.

"When I auditioned for the show, I was asked to try on a suit and it was Pamela’s," Bingham said referring to Pamela Anderson. "I didn’t think it would fit, but it did. So, yeah, it was pretty awkward from the beginning."

Bingham added that she had her suit framed.

"I have all mine framed," said Bingham. "I had mine framed, but I told [Carmen Electra] about it so she did hers [too]. And it was really cool. It's such a classic piece to put in your home."

Despite the weight clause, Eggert told Entertainment Tonight that it was still a struggle to keep the red suits on because they were so skimpy.

"We had plenty of moments where it didn’t really stay on," she said. "Especially the top too because it had a really low back so one little slip and the shoulder came off [and] you know what happens when the shoulder comes off."

"It happened a lot," Eggert added.

The cast also discussed the behind the scene "cattiness."

"It got very competitive as the years went on," Eggert said. "There were more women going for that look and wanting to be the hottest and the sexiest. Just cattiness, you know? Who got more airplay or who booked this magazine [and] who did this photo shoot."

Before it was canceled in 2001, the series was one of the most popular around the world, with more than 1 billion tuning in.

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