"Oh, my gosh, please forgive me, please forgive me, I'm a nice guy," Hogan told ABC's Good Morning America Monday. "Not the guy who rips the shirt off and slams giants. I'm Terry Bollea, a normal man."
According to the WWE, Hogan no longer exists. That's a pretty serious message they're sending about using racial slurs, which Hogan was recorded doing behind closed doors at some point in the last 10 years. His legacy has been effectively destroyed by the company he helped build.
“I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know? I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What’s the easiest way out of this?’ I mean, I was lost,” he added, stopping the interview when his daughter's name was brought up.
"She's been so supportive. She was the direction of my attack, you know? I was not so mad at her boyfriend. I was mad at her, you know, and she -- she instantly said, 'I don't need to forgive you because I'm not mad at you.'"
As for whether he thinks he's racist, Hogan offered an explanation for his language.
"No, I'm not," he said.
(It certainly doesn't seem that way in the leaked transcript that got him into this mess.)
"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. I grew up in south Tampa. It was a rough neighborhood, very low income, and all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word. The word was just thrown around like it was nothing."
You can watch the full interview, below.
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