WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

Terry Bollea, Hulk Hogan, David Houston
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, arrives for a news conference at the United States Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hogan. The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement Friday, July 24, 2015, saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide." (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan.

The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling.

The company did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

The move came amid a joint report from RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer that Hogan used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape he is fighting in court to keep private.

In a statement to People magazine, Hogan apologized for using “offensive language.” His publicist didn’t immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

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