World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) terminated the contract of superstar and Hall-of-Fame member Hulk Hogan shorty after his comments on an unauthorized sex tape were detailed in a National Enquirer feature story.
Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is 61 years old, but he remains one of the most popular stars in pro wrestling history.
The only response from Hogan as of this writing was a cryptic tweet sent out early Friday evening:
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
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.
A 2006 sex tape with radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge’s wife Heather Clem shows Hogan using derogatory language, including constant use of the N-word.
The tape was recorded somewhere in 2006, but surfaced in 2012, prompting a lawsuit from Hogan to block its public release.
PEOPLE magazine published an exclusive story featuring Hogan apologizing for the remarks.
“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 to PEOPLE.
“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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
Virtually all images, video and likeness of Hogan has been taken down from the WWE website. He will also be replaced as a judge on the WWE Tough Enough reality show.
According to the Enquirer, sealed transcripts of the tape have been filed in a Florida court.
Hogan’s daughter, Brooke Bollea, wrote a poem defending her father on Facebook.