Hulk Hogan axed amid reports of racial slur in sex tape
World wrestling body WWE has severed ties with Hulk Hogan, one of the sport's biggest stars.
The company has deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement saying it had terminated its contract with arguably the best-known US wrestler.
The WWE did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide".
The move comes amid a joint report from RadarOnline.com and 'The National Enquirer' that Hogan used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape which he is fighting in court to keep private.
In a statement to 'People' magazine, Hogan apologised for using "offensive language".
Hogan told 'People' he was disappointed with himself: "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."
Hogan has enjoyed huge popularity in his long career as a professional wrestler, with his rise helping the expansion of the industry.In the glory days of 'Hulkamania', Hogan was a multiple winner of the WWE's top titles, as well as serving a stint in rival WCW. He and his family later had a hit reality TV show.