Hulk Hogan began a public apology tour on Monday with an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In an interview with Amy Robach, an emotional Hogan pled for the forgiveness of fans worldwide.
Hogan expressed remorse for the comments made in the unauthorized recordings and claimed that he’s embarrassed by what he said. Hogan reiterated the comments were made at the lowest point of his life when he was suicidal. He said there is not a racist bone in his body.
"I'm not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it," Hogan said in the interview, but added: "People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word."
Hogan stated that WWE scrubbing him hurts and destroyed him. He claimed to have destroyed his body for the love of the pro wrestling business. Hogan was emotional when Robach, who was interviewing him, brought up Brooke Hogan’s defense of him on Instagram.
"I've worked for the WWE for almost 30 years off and on ... and then all of a sudden, everything I've done my whole career and my whole life was like it never happened," he said.
"I mean, I love this business. I mean, it's been my life. I've given my life to this business," he said. "I've destroyed my body because I love doing this so much ... And I knew great things were still coming. And -- it just destroyed me."
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Richard Reacts: So it begins - Hulk Hogan’s push to restore his public image. Hogan will recover from this, it’s not his first scandal. The only question really is how long it will be before WWE touches him again. I doubt that it’ll be in time to do Hogan vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania 32 next year but crazier things have happened. I’m not sure there is a ton of public interest left in this story as it wasn’t even that “hot” when it first came out. I believe the majority of people do not think Hogan is a racist but I also believe the majority of people were shocked by what he said. Hogan is clearly sorry for at least getting caught for saying what he said but he will recover. He always does, brother!