UPDATE 11:39 A.M. Hogan has apologized in a statement to People magazine:
“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE. The transcript featuring that conversation was published online by the National Enquirer.
“This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise,” Hogan told PEOPLE. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.” Hogan’s lawyer, David Houston, also told People that Hogan resigned from WWE. “He decided to resign from WWE because he didn’t want to put them or his family through this,” Houston said.
[WWE revamps Curtis Axel’s Axelmania schtick amid Hulk Hogan scandal], UPDATE 10:26 A.M.
According to a joint investigation by the National Enquirer and Radar Online, Hogan’s racist comments about the Rock and black wrestlers were captured on the sex tape that’s at the center of Hogan’s $100 million invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media: The star of the WWE — whose real name is Terry Bollea — directed his vulgar and prejudiced hatred at his daughter Brooke, who he accused of sleeping with a black man. Using language so hate-filled and vile it would shock even his most ardent fans, Hulk brazenly blustered to Heather Clem — the wife of his former pal Bubba “The Love Sponge,” with whom he was covertly filmed having sex with in 2012 — that he was an unabashed “racist.” “I guess we’re all a little racist,” he crowed on the tape, multiple sources have confirmed exclusively to Radar and The ENQUIRER.
Hogan reportedly then continued with profanity-filled complaints — click on the above link to read them — about black people. The Enquirer and Radar say they were provided the contents of the tape by five independent sources. In October 2012, Gawker posted clips from the Hogan sex tape online. The former pro wrestler’s attorneys then sent the gossip site a cease-and-desist letter demanding the video be taken down, and a judge eventually ordered the site to do so. Hogan then filed a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker, alleging that his privacy had been invaded. The suit is ongoing, with the next hearing scheduled for October.
UPDATE 9:58 A.M.
WWE confirmed that it has terminated Hulk Hogan’s contract.
Here is the official WWE statement on releasing Hulk Hogan. pic.twitter.com/ARBl12AMHo
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) July 24, 2015
ORIGINAL POST WWE has scrubbed most mentions of pro wrestling great Hulk Hogan from its Web site, for reasons that are not yet clear.
The only way to find Hogan’s name at WWE.com is to run a search on his name, which turns up links to old news stories and clips from past matches. But if you click on the links to the news stories, you get the following message:
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) July 24, 2015
Here’s Wrestling News Source: Multiple sources are reporting that WWE has removed any and all mentions of Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan from not only their official website, but Hogan is also no longer listed as one of the judges on the Tough Enough television show according to WWEToughEnough.com. On WWE.com, Hogan is no longer listed on the WWE Hall of Fame page, and all of his merchandise has also been removed from WWEShop.com. The only thing currently remaining that mentions Hogan involves WWE’s upcoming Australian tour, which Hogan was scheduled to take part in as General Manager. However, when any attempt to access this page is made, a message appears stating “you are not authorized to access this page.” Hogan cryptically tweeted about the situation early Friday morning.
In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH — Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) July 24, 2015
Rumors abound that WWE dropped Hogan preemptively because audio of him going on a racial tirade is about to surface.
Hulk Hogan dropped from WWE due to audio recording in which Hogan goes on a racial tirade. WWE preemptively cutting ties before it breaks.
— Rob McCarron (STR) (@ShakeThemRopes) July 24, 2015
The Daily Beast reports that the WWE took preemptive action against Hogan after audio surfaced of a 2012 interview on SiriusXM radio in which he discusses his use of the n-word while talking with black wrestlers and other black celebrities. (NOTE: The link to the interview contains profanity). But the Daily Beast says WWE’s actions were because of something else. “Other sources, however, claim that the controversial audio that got Hogan scrubbed is in addition to the radio interview,” Marlow Stern writes. And, considering that the 2012 interview was broadcast over satellite radio and was not any kind of private recording, this would seem to be the case. That interview had been out there for three years. CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill said early Friday that WWE indeed took action because of a separate audio recording that goes above and beyond what Hogan said in the 2012 interview. According to Hill, Hogan went on a racial tirade against wrestling superstar The Rock.
The Hulk Hogan “racist” audio, based on what I’ve heard, is NOT the interview where he discusses his use of the N-word. — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 24, 2015
I haven’t gotten confirmed audio yet, but the transcripts that I’ve seen have Hogan calling The Rock the “N-word” and “sambo” among others.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 24, 2015
Hulk Hogan is the iconic wrestling figure of the 20th century, perhaps the biggest ever. For the WWE to disappear him is a BIG DEAL. — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 24, 2015
We’ll have more throughout the day.
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Hulk Hogan Apologizes for ‘Unacceptable’ Racist Rant as He Is Scrubbed from WWE Hall of Fame
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has terminated its contract with Hulk Hogan, after a tape emerged of him using racist slurs.
Hogan debuted in 1977 and is one of the best-known names in the industry.
Hogan has apologised, telling People: “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it.”
The comments referred to came in audio transcripts seen by RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer.
WWE did not link the termination to the tape, saying “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan).
“WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
However his lawyer said Hogan had resigned rather than being fired.
‘Not who I am’
Hogan told People he was disappointed with himself: “This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.”
He had earlier tweeted this cryptic message.
According to RadarOnline and The National Enquirer, Hogan’s comments were made in an audio recording submitted as evidence in his legal battle with gossip site Gawker, who he is suing over the publication of a sex tape.
In transcripts seen by the two organisations, Hogan allegedly tells Heather Clem – a friend’s wife with whom he was filmed having sex – “I guess we’re all a little racist” and uses racist language while referring to his daughter’s love life.
The WWE has scrubbed references of Hogan from its website.
Hogan has enjoyed huge popularity in his long career as a professional wrestler, with his rise helping the expansion of the industry.
In the glory days of “Hulkmania”, Hogan was a multiple winner of the WWE’s top titles, as well as serving a successful stint in rival WCW.
He returned to the WWE last year for the fourth time after more than six years away from the organisation.