FLORIDA (KRON) — One of the most recognized faces in professional wrestling is out of a job Friday after a leaked audio recording transcript claims to show “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan making racist slurs.
As of Friday morning, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. has scrubbed almost all references to Hogan from its main website.
According to the transcript, obtained and published by Radar Online and the National Inquirer, Hogan was recorded to have said, “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player…I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r.”
The WWE wasted no time tossing him out of the ring following the reports and issued a statement distancing itself from the famous wrestler.
“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.”
In an interview with People Magazine, the 6-foot-7 bodybuilder apologizes for
“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 told People magazine. “This 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.”
According to a transcript obtained and published by National Inquirer and Radar Online, Hogan reportedly said, “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player…I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n—-r.”
The 61-year-old father of two was referring to his 27-year-old daughter Brooke.
The leaked transcript is purported to have been taken from a sex tape that is the center of a $100 million dollar lawsuit. In 2012, the gossip site Gawker released a two-minute clip showing Hogan and Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Hogan’s best friend and radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, having sex.
Trial for Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker was recently postponed.