Hulk Hogan is no longer part of the WWE. The World Wresting Entertainment network confirms it has parted ways with the WWE Hall of Famer.
"WWE has 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," the network said in a statement released Friday.
Hogan's firing comes after the unearthing of an audio from a 2012 interview in which the wrestler says the N-word multiple times while talking about his time in Miami and all the rappers he met there.
“And everybody down there—Lil Wayne, Birdman—they’re all calling me ‘n----a.’ And then, I started saying it and I always said it. But now, all of sudden, I get heat when I say it. And they say, ‘Hogan, you can’t say that,’ but then why can they say it to me?" Hogan said an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on "Whoolywood Shuffle."
Almost every mention of Hogan, who is in the middle of a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media for posting a sex tape featuring him, has been removed from WWE.com.
Any attempt to access Hogan’s biography page leads to a “You are not authorized to access this page” message. Wrestling News Source noted that Hogan is also no longer listed on the WWE Hall of Fame page and his merchandise is noticeably absent from the WWE store. Hogan has served as a judge on WWE’s “Tough Enough” reality show for multiple seasons, but his name has also been removed from the show’s official website.
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) July 24, 2015
Hogan hasn’t been scrubbed entirely from the website. You can still find several articles about him when you search for his name using WWE.com’s search function.
Late last night, Hogan cryptically tweeted, “In the storm, I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love. HH”
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