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Lou Ferrigno -- Too Hip To Park

9/18/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's a damn good reason bodybuilding legend Lou Ferrigno was parked in a handicap space when he hit Gold's Gym in Venice a few days ago -- and it all has to do with Michael Jackson.

Lou Ferrigno

TMZ spoke with Ferrigno's wife, who told us the bodybuilding legend recently underwent a hip surgery -- not to mention he already has "a fake hip and two fake knees."

But here's the rub: Ferrigno -- who was Michael Jackson's personal trainer -- only scheduled his most recent hip surgery after following Michael's advice.

Ferrigno told us that while he was pumping MJ up for the ill-fated "This Is It" tour, Jackson encouraged him to do "Dancing with the Stars." Lou -- who knew he had a bad hip -- listened to MJ and met with the "Dancing" people.

Lou claims the "Dancing" people loved him -- so he decided to get hip surgery so he could be on the show. But Lou says after the surgery, the "Dancing" people "blew him off" and he was never officially invited to do the show.

So now Lou is still recovering from the surgery -- hence the handicap parking. But due to the fact that Lou told us he dominated the stair-stepper earlier this week ... we're assuming he'll be back to parking in a regular spot pretty soon.

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Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mrez golucky    

Yikes! Green power!

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Raejean    

Wow, I'm coming up in the world. And I'm glad Ferrigno is not only doing better from his surgery, but that he isn't a scofflaw!

1800 days ago
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Simone    

The nights on TMZ almost always are closed with a news related to MJ. Hehehe.

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phonh    

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Simone    

Where is Krazy Kooky Klown?????!!!! I miss him or her. Hahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahaha.

1800 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

The Hulk should not use the handicapped parking space!!

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every person on earth    

you are a sick person Simone. go spew your hate somewhere else. i have a feeling that Simone and balls are the same peep.

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every person on earth    

i am so sick of seeing Simone's racist comments all over TMZ everynight! YOU GO TO HELL SIMONE!

1800 days ago
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Simone    

I am the person called Simone in real life who always post here. This other who are spreading hate here, is not me. I don't know who this person is, but I don't think like that.

1800 days ago
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every person on earth    

oh, so u miss Krazy Kooky Klown huh? also known as KKK. you are a racist Simone!!!!!

1800 days ago
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every person on earth    

i see Simone on here saying racist stuff all the time! someone needs to beat her azz!

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every person on earth    

ok Simone i'll stop messin with ya, that last comment made me feel bad. u r easy to rile up though and i had a lot of fun meesin with ya. Simone is ok yall

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every person on earth    

Krazy Kooky Klown is inocent they were all me lol

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ivana tinkle    

He has hearing loss and if you look closely you'll see the hadicap placard on his rear view.

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