Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) doesn’t really wrestle anymore, but the WWE has turned to him frequently in recent years to come out to the ring, pump up the crowd, and say “brother” a lot. Now, they’ve officially severed all ties with him.
WWE released a statement today announcing they’ve “terminated” Hogan’s contract after racist remarks he apparently made on a sex tape in 2012 surfaced. The National Enquirer and Radar Online got hold of transcripts from the tape in which Hogan discusses a “black billionaire” who apparently offered to fund his daughter Brooke’s music career, and the billionaire’s son, who she may have had a relationship with. According to the transcripts, Hogan said things like “I am a racist, to a point,” and dropped the N-word more than once.
In their statement, WWE did not specifically mention the remarks, but did say “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
Plus, the company isn’t just firing Hogan. They’re scrubbing him from their history, removing web pages — including his listing in the WWE Hall of Fame — and pulling all Hulk Hogan merchandise from their online store. It’s a zero tolerance message from WWE, and while Hogan hasn’t officially responded, he did drop this tweet that seems to address the matter.
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