WWE removed mentions of Hogan from its website Thursday night, including Hogan’s inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame and merchandise relating to him in its shop. The organization released the following statement on Friday morning:
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.
Several publications reported that the wrestling organization’s move came in response to an October 2012 interview with DJ Whoo Kid, during which Hogan explained his history of calling people “brother,” as well as calling various rappers the n-word.
Kid denied the claims of racism in the following tweet:
nothing racist about that @HulkHogan 2012 interview I did. He was just explaining the usage of the Nword amongst his rapper friends and WWF
— DJ Whoo Kid (@DJWhooKid) July 24, 2015