WWE Refuses to Reinstate Hulk Hogan After Tearful Plea for Forgiveness
The WWE has no plans to revisit their relationship with him or to restore his legacy as part of their organization.
World Wrestling Entertainment is apparently unmoved by Hulk Hogan's tearful apology on Good Morning America Monday, refusing to reinstate him as a WWE Hall of Famer after removing him in the wake of his n-word scandal.
"At this time, the WWE remains steadfast in its decision," a rep for the organization tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The statement comes in response to Hogan's recent interview with ABC News' Amy Robach, in which the wrestling icon expressed regret for the racist comments he was heard making in an audio recording that was leaked last month. WWE immediately fired Hogan after the leak and erased any mention of him on its website.
In the recording, Hogan allegedly made derogatory comments about his daughter and her African-American boyfriend, calling him the n-word.
On Monday's GMA, Hogan told Robach he's "not a racist" but "never should have said what I said."
"It was wrong," he added. "I'm embarrassed by it." He described his WWE firing as "devastating" and said that it made him feel like he'd "never existed."
Hogan was emotional throughout the interview, begging his fans for forgiveness: "Oh my gosh, please forgive me. Please forgive me," he said. "I'm a nice guy … I'm Terry Bollea. I'm just a normal man."
But the WWE revealed that despite Hogan's expressions of remorse, they have no plans to revisit their relationship with him or to restore his legacy as part of their organization.
Watch Hogan's GMA interview below.