Hulk Hogan: WWE fired me in the middle of the night
Hulk Hogan, who was fired from the WWE in July when racist comments from a 2007 sex tape were leaked online, revealed exactly how the WWE let him go in a recent interview with Extra Mustard.
Speaking with Justin Barrasso, Hogan says he never heard from WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in the wake of his racist tirade. In the audio, among other explicit remarks, Hogan describes himself as “racist to a point.”
Hogan initially received a phone call from WWE Vice President Paul Levesque—known as Triple H in the ring—who said he would talk to McMahon and get back to Hogan.
“[Levesque] called me back a half hour later and he goes, ‘I’ve got some news and it isn’t good. Vince said that you need to resign.’ I never heard from Vince or talked to Vince. In the middle of the night, they just fired me,” Hogan said.
Hogan and his attorney requested an opportunity from WWE to react, which was declined. While Hogan still considers the WWE his family and understands why the publicly-traded company made its decision to part ways, he was hurt his legacy was wiped away.
“They had to do what was best for business,” said Hogan. “Triple H was telling me the USA Network was reacting very badly, and they had to make a quick decision, and that was to put me out to pasture. They were under heavy fire and they were scrambling.”
Hogan, who added in the video, “I guess we're all a little racist,” later told People the audio was “inconsistent with [his] own beliefs.”
In addition to his firing, Hogan was erased from WWE history.
– Rohan Nadkarni