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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    

Who the hell are you????!!!!!!! Where did you come from??? I don't remember you...


PS: sorry, Krazy Kooky K!!!!!

1831 days ago
17.

frogs and gravel    

Why does Simone hate Black folk? Nice to see Lou is still
active in the Hollywood Community.

1831 days ago
18.

mimi    

lol ummm ok. get well lou

1831 days ago
19.

kitty    

those meanies at dancing with the stars!! i knew i didn't like that show for a reason. lou ferrigno is the best!! that's ok lou, something better is out there waiting for you! just hang in there sweetie :)

1831 days ago
20.

Ziggy    

I think TMZ should ban Kooky Klown. What an idiot? Obviously Kooky Klown has no job, how else could he/she sit on the internet all day and write the most ignorant comments on each posting.

Moving on... Lou looks really great as he ages. He's kept himself in shape and he looks magnificient!

1831 days ago
21.

sickofitall    

Yeah, Michael Jackson is who you want to take advice from on ANYTHING. Way to go Simone, speak the truth baby.

1831 days ago
22.

Wombat    

Maybe he parked there because he is deaf?

1831 days ago
23.

Frank    

Being in a wheelchair for over 10 yrs.w/necrosis, I thought a person of his stature would have more respect. Boo to (Frig)no

1831 days ago
24.

addy    

and what has this got to with Michael Jackson? no connection at all.

1831 days ago
25.

Kalev    

...and they blew him off... :):)
Usual stuff.

http://www.quitegoodwebhosting.com

1831 days ago
26.

Sympathetic    

He's deaf. I think that warrants a handicap placard.

1831 days ago
27.

billie jean    

Slow news day???

1831 days ago
28.

billie jean    

i cant belive a white man took that handicapped space! usally only blacks do that.

Posted at 2:24AM on Sep 18th 2009 by Simone

stfu loser

1831 days ago
29.

Debbie    

I think it is sweet showing MJ cared enough about a friend to encourage him. Justice for Michael and his children.

1831 days ago
30.

Joy    

TMZ? DON'T YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR OWN WEBSITE??? AND YOUR STORIES ARE GETTING LAME. AND OH YA YOU GUYS ARE BEING ALL "JESSICA SIMPSON"...IT'S OUR NEW PHRASE FOR BEING MORONS. EXCEPT FOR HARVEY, HE IS AWESOME!

1831 days ago
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