By James Hibberd
Updated July 24, 2015 at 03:23 PM EDT
Credit: Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE

Hulk Hogan is being tossed out of the ring by longtime partner WWE.

The wrestling organization released this statement to EW on Friday: “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.”

The move follows Radar Online revealing early Friday that Hogan was secretly taped in an n-word-filled racist rant by his lover Heather Clem while in bed.

Fans then noticed that Hogan—who was serving as a judge on WWE’s Tough Enough—abruptly vanished from the WWE’s website, and was no longer listed as an alumni or hall of famer. Hogan’s branded merchandise sold by the WWE was also taken offline.

Seemingly in response to the decision, the wrestling legend wrote this tweet:

UPDATE: Hogan released a statement to apologizing for his actions: “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 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.” Read the full statement.