, the legendary WWE star -- whose real name is Terry Bollea -- asked for forgiveness for a leaked 2008 tape, in which he repeatedly uses the N-word among other highly offensive comments. Please forgive me," Hogan said when asked about some of the fans that have been let down by the tape. "I'm embarrassed by it." Hogan also said that it's "very fair" to say he inherited a racial bias from the environment he grew up in.The remarks were in reference to his daughter, 27-year-old Brooke Hogan, dating a black man at the time. "I'm a nice guy, not the Hulk Hogan that rips his shirt off, and bang bang bang, slams giants. I'm just a normal man." WATCH: Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Racial Slurs Caught on Tape, WWE Erases Him from Website "I'm not a racist. "People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment," he explained.
The word was just thrown around like it was nothing." Hogan called the WWE's decision to remove any mention of him from their website -- he's no longer listed as a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and his merchandise can no longer be found at the WWE Shop -- "devastating." "Everything I've done my whole career and my whole life, was like it never happened -- like I never existed," he said.
"Oh my gosh, it was devastating." But it was actually when Hogan talked about his daughter Brooke -- who's steadfastly defended her dad -- that he broke down.
"He's my dad, I love him and the reason I'm standing by his side on this whole thing is because I know him, and it's so easy for people to just -- they need something to jump down people's backs about," Brooke told ET exclusively earlier this month.
"He's an easy target." Hogan is clearly touched by Brooke's loyalty to this day.
"If anyone should have disowned me it was her," he said, clearly getting emotional about his only daughter.
"She should have been the one to throw me out like the trash, but instead, she showed me more love than anybody." Hogan's definitely learned one thing from the experience -- to not be judgmental. People get better." ABC Latest News | Latest News Videos WATCH: Brooke Hogan Defends Her Dad Hulk Hogan's Racist Rant -- It's 'Not Who He Really Is' In ET's interview with Brooke, she insisted that her dad "didn't mean" any of the slurs that were caught on tape.
"Just because a person makes a mistake, just don't throw them away. "I feel bad for my dad, but I also feel bad for the African-American fans and stuff because they don't know that he didn't mean it," Brooke said. But this is something that we have to put a stop to everyday, because I'll be honest with you, I've had a black guy call me a honkey, and I've also been told that white people smell like bologna.
I don't take offense to it, I just laughed at it." Watch ET's interview with Brooke in the video below.
Using language so hate-filled and vile it would shock even his most ardent fans, Hulk brazenly blustered to Heather Clem – the wife of his former pal Bubba “The Love Sponge,” with whom he was covertly filmed having sex with in 2012 – that he was an unabashed “racist.” “I guess we’re all a little racist,” he crowed on the tape, multiple sources have confirmed exclusively to The ENQUIRER.
Despite his TV image as a born-again Christian, the tapes prove that Hulk is a very different man off camera!
In a startling exchange, the 61-year-old told Clem – who he sued for invasion of privacy after their XXX tape was leaked to a website – about his frustrations with blonde bombshell Brooke, 27.