What's happened to Hulk Hogan?

Hulk Hogan

Whether you're a wrestling nut or not, chances are you've heard of Hulk Hogan.

In fact wrestling and Hulk go hand in hand, but now the biggest wrestling company in the world, the WWE, has cut ties with him.

In a statement the company confirmed they have terminated his contract.

There are allegations in US publication the National Enquirer that there is footage of Hulk using racist language aimed at a friend of his daughter.

The 61-year-old made his wrestling debut in 1977 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 10 years ago.

Now the wrestler's profile page is no longer available and on the company's website his merchandise is no longer on sale.

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Image caption Goldust... Jack Swagger... where's Hulk?

Hogan is no longer listed as a judge on reality show Tough Enough.

In a statement to People magazine Hulk said: "Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation.

"It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it.

"This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise.

"I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.

Prior to the statement he tweeted this cryptic message.

Earlier today WWE released this statement: "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."

This is not the only controversy Hulk has had to deal with recently. He is currently in the middle of a legal battle with the website Gawker over their decision to publish a sex tape of the wrestler.

In 2012 he was accused of using offensive language during a radio interview.

Hogan returned to the WWE last year for the fourth time after more than six years away from the organisation.

He's had stints with them in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and the noughties and is widely regarded as a wrestling legend.

Hulk Hogan

He's a six-time WWF/E (World heavyweight) champion and a six-time WCW world heavyweight champion.

Hogan also won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, making him the first man to win two consecutively.

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