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World Wrestling Entertainment has ended its relationship with one of its most popular entertainers, wrestler Hulk Hogan, after a 2012 interview recently emerged in which the wrestler used the N-word.

The organization said in a statement that it “terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan).” Without specifically mentioning the use of the N-word, it said, “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

The WWE has removed pages about Hulk Hogan from its website. The wrestler is no longer listed on the hall of fame page and his merchandise has been removed from its online shop, according to He is also no longer listed as a judge for its reality show Tough Enough, and his former biography page now reads “You are not authorized to access this page.”

Hogan tweeted a vague message on Friday morning that seemed to be a response to the uproar:


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