WWE has confirmed that they have terminated Hulk Hogan’s contract, after an audio tape emerged of his racist rant.
Hogan was caught on the audio recording using the n-word repeatedly as he complains about his daughter, Brooke Hogan, possibly banging a black guy.
The 61-year-old pro wrestler, whose real name is Terry Bollea, made the comments in a recording which recently emerged as part of a legal battle.
Hogan is heard repeating the phrase ‘f**king n*****s’ several times.
The audio (which has not been released) features him complaining about his daughter Brooke, 27, who was trying to launch a music career.
Hulk is heard saying that a “black billionaire guy” had offered to bankroll her, then speculated about her sex life.
Hogan told his sex tape partner Heather Clem, “I don’t know if Brooke was f**king the black guy’s son… I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f**king n****rs. But then when it comes to nice people and s**t, and whatever.”
The wrestler continued, “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.”
In the alleged audio, Hogan was also reportedly heard calling The Rock “ni**er” and a “Sambo.”
In a statement confirming the termination, the WWE reiterated its commitment to ‘celebrating individuals from all backgrounds’.
The statement reads, “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.”
After the tape became public, Hogan released a statement apologizing.
He stated, “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… This is not who I am”.
Radar reports that the transcripts of the conversation were filed in a Florida court, where Hogan is suing Gawker Media for publishing part of a 2012 sex tape which allegedly shows Hogan having sex with Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife, Heather Clem.
After this story broke, a video of an interview with Hulk Hogan using the “n-word” has been re-circulated online.
The interview aired on Eminem’s Sirius XM hip-hop channel Shade 45.
You can check out a video of the interview below. This is an interview from 2012.