For the first time since he was fired from the WWE last month, Hulk Hogan has made a television appearance to address the racist remarks he made on tape which led to his dismissal.
In a teary Good Morning America interview televised on Monday morning, the wrestler apologized to his fans, Fox News reports. Not only did he admit that he was in the wrong when he made the controversial remarks, he also said that he’s “embarrassed by it.”
I’m not a racist. I never should have said what I said. I was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it.
Hogan got into hot water in July when a leaked transcript of a sex tape heard him using racial slurs and making disparaging comments towards a man involved with his daughter, Brooke. The leaked tape is currently the center of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with the gossip site Gawker.
Hogan said during the emotional interview that he was suicidal a few years ago, as he stated that he “wanted to kill myself.”
I was at the lowest point of my life to where I wanted to kill myself.
The former wrestler asked for forgiveness stating, “I’m a nice guy.”
Please forgive me. I’m a nice guy.
Hogan is involved in a legal battle with Gawker concerning the leaked sex tape, reports ABC News. The 62-year-old is suing the gossip site for $100 million for releasing the experts containing his racial remarks.
While Hogan and his lawyers claim the audio containing the racial slurs is from the sex tape, Gawker Media stands firm that the audio containing the racial remarks is from an entirely different tape, and thus not part of the legal battle.