WWE terminated its contract with Hulk Hogan in 2015 after a sex tape leaked that included him making anti-black remarks and expressing anger at the thought of his daughter dating a black man. He also used the n-word multiple times.
Hogan hasn’t really opened up about his controversial departure from the WWE, until now. In a clip that will air on OBJECTified on the FOX News Channel this Sunday. Hogan discusses the moment he found out he was being fired from the company.
“When I heard this was going to happen, I called them on a Thursday or a Friday. As I hung up the phone that night, they fired me in the morning,” Hogan said. “It really caught me off guard, I didn’t expect it because the WWE knows who I am. I’m not that person, that’s not who I am and that’s not what I do.”
WWE removed nearly all references to Hogan from its website, including his entry from its WWE Hall of Fame page. It also removed his merchandise from the WWE Shop and ceased his inclusion in its video games. Hogan said he believes it was a business decision.
“I think they did what was best for business,” he said. “They were worried about losing sponsors and network support.”
Hogan has since apologized for the remarks and hasn’t been in the public eye too much since then. He said he’s had a hard time dealing with the fact that WWE largely erased all memory of him from its history.
“It was tough, it hit me hard,” Hogan said. “When you look at a 40-year career, it’s just gone.”
When asked if he thinks the WWE would ever ask him to return, Hogan said, “I’m not sure.”
You can listen to Hogan talk about being fired here.
Also on Sunday’s episode, Hulk talks about the highs and lows of his wrestling career, the lingering injuries and health problems he has now, and he answers every question host Harvey Levin had about the Gawker trial and leaked sex tape. The episode airs at 8:00 p.m. on the Fox News Channel with an encore airing at 11:00 p.m.
Here is a video previewing the show.