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WWE confirmed on Friday morning that they have terminated their contract with Hulk Hogan. The news came shortly after an audio transcript was released of the wrestling professional using the N-word during a sex tape eight years ago.

“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,” the organization said in a statement.

WWE has already taken down all photos, videos and merchandise of the 61-year-old from their website. Hogan was also removed from the Hall of Fame online.

Following news that WWE cut ties with Hogan, the 61-year-old’s lawyer revealed that the wrestler actually resigned from his position with the WWE because he did not want to put “them or his family through this.”

“In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH,” Hogan tweeted late Thursday night.

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In a audio transcript released by Radar Online and The National Enquirer, Hulk can be heard using the N-word repeatedly while talking about his daughter, Brooke’s love life. “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player…I guess we’re all a little racist. F*cking n*gger.”

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” the wrestler said in a statement to HipHollywood. “It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.”

He added,”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.”

This is not the first time Hogan has been caught using the N-word. In 2012, during a radio interview with DJ Whoo Kidd, he talked about Black guys calling him “my n*gga.”

“Well Booker T used to say that to me on TV and you know, every time I pull up YouTube there’s that famous thing that Booker T…goes, ‘I’m coming for you my n*gger,” Hulk told Kidd. “They’re all calling me n*gger and then I started saying it and you know, I always said it but now all of a sudden I get heat when I said it.”

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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