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Hogan Talks WWE Firing Him In Middle Of Night, Never Speaking w/Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon & Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan did an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” blog where he discussed his termination from WWE. Below are notable quotes:

Bret Hart sticking up for him:

“Bret Hart, who became a top guy in WWE after I left, he’s been really mad at me for the past ten years,” explained Hogan. “Even he said, ‘I’ve never known Hulk to be a racist, but I’m glad it happened to him.’ I felt bad about that [second part], but even Bret stuck up for me. It’s not me, it’s not who I am.”

WWE firing him in the middle of the night, never speaking to Vince McMahon:

“I never talked to Vince,” said Hogan. “The only person I talked to was Triple H. I called him and told him there was some old news coming out from when TMZ first reported the tape and there were some racial slurs on it. Triple H said, ‘OK, thanks for calling. Let me talk to Vince.’

“He 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.”

USA Network reaction:

“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.”

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