Hulk Hogan issues apology following departure from WWE

It was announced early Friday morning that WWE had erased all mentions of Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan from their website. Rumors began swirling over the company’s decision and it was ultimately revealed that Hogan had made racially insensitive comments.

Hogan admitted to using the N-word in his early days with World Championship Wrestling and as recently as eight years ago. According to People Magazine, the former wrestler has now issued an apology.

“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 in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE.

Hogan has been removed from the company’s website and has also been removed from the reality wrestling competition Tough Enough as a judge. Hogan claims that he has resigned from the company.

WWE, however, says that they have terminated Hogan’s contract.

“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.”

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