Hulk Hogan’s interview with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach aired this morning.
The segment started off with clips of Hogan from WWE and WCW before the interview started.
“Out of everything that i’ve been through, this one hit me probably the hardest.”
“I was at the lowest point of my life. To the point where I wanted to kill myself.” This is something that Hogan has said in past interviews. In past interviews he noted that he was at the lowest point of his life because of the impending divorce with his then-wife Linda Hogan.
Hogan added, “I was very mad at my daughter…for really, no reason. I was upset over a situation that happened between her and her boyfriend and I had no idea I was being taped.”
“I’m not a racist. I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it but a lot of people need to realize [that] you inherit things from your environment. Where I grew up was south Tampa and it was a really rough neighborhood [with a] very low income and all of my friends…we greeted each other saying that word. The word was just thrown around like it was nothing.”
Hogan was asked if he may have inherited a racial bias. “I would say that is very fair. The environment I grew up in…all my white friends, all my black friends they hear the word on a daily basis. When they greet me in the morning that’s what they say…’good morning so and so.’ I think that was part of the culture and environment I grew up with.
He was asked if he’s asking for forgiveness from fans that grew up with him. “Please forgive me. I’m a nice guy.”
He talked about his likeness being erased from WWE. “Everything i’ve done in my whole career, my whole life, it’s like it never happened.” He said he was devastated.
He said that Brooke has been so supportive. Robach read part of the poem that Brooke posted on social media when the Hogan comments got out online. Hogan said, “If anyone should have disowned me it should have been her. She should have been the one to throw me out like the trash but instead she showed me more love than anybody.” Hogan asked if they could stop for a second so he could compose himself since he was trying to stop himself from crying. He said that Brooke has been supportive and “I was not so mad at her boyfriend, I was mad at her.”
He said that Brooke instantly said, “I don’t need to forgive you because i’m not mad at you.”
Hogan said, “just because a person makes a mistake you don’t throw them away. You don’t throw good people away. If everybody at their lowest point was judged on one thing they said and all of a sudden your whole career was wiped out today because of something you said 10 or 20 years ago, it would be a sad world.” Hogan added, “people get better everyday. People get better.”
Off camera, Hogan said that he is dedicated to raise awareness about the impact of racial slurs. Hogan would love a second chance with WWE.
The video of the interview is below: