Also news on the ‘Jurassic World’ sequel, Jay Z and Will Smith
World Wrestling fires Hulk Hogan over racist remarks
This probably isn’t what Hulk Hogan meant by “Hulkamania running wild.” The superstar wrestler has apologized for racially offensive statements he made on a sex tape, telling People magazine, “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.” The statement won’t win him any points with World Wrestling Entertainment, which on Thursday scrubbed clean all references to the Hulkster from its website and terminated his contract, including his current stint as a judge on the reality show “Tough Enough.” “WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide,” the company said in a statement. The controversy surrounds audio of an interview from several years ago where Hogan reportedly uses the n-word, as well as a transcript from Hogan’s defamation suit against Gawker Media where he reportedly uses the n-word several times in a derogatory way. Hogan’s apology continued: “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. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
‘Jurassic World’ sequel set
Got plans for June 22, 2018? Cancel them! That’s the date that the sequel to this year’s Indominus Rex-sized smash “Jurassic World” is slated to hit theaters. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles in the film, Variety reports; no word yet on if Howard will reprise her high heels. “Jurassic World,” by the way, has grossed $615 million at the domestic box office, and is set to leapfrog pass “The Avengers” this weekend to become the third-highest domestic grosser of all-time.
■Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up to executive produce a miniseries about Emmett Till for HBO, Deadline reports. The as-yet-untitled production is expected to be six hours long; no air date has been set.
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