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Hulk Hogan Apologizes For Racist Remarks, Blames Upbringing

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A month after Hulk Hogan was fired by World Wrestling Entertainment following the leak of a racist rant from a video tape in 2006, he asked his fans for forgiveness while attributing the offensive word heard on video to growing up in a "rough" South Tampa neighborhood.

The Tampa Tribune reports ( the 61-year-old Clearwater resident, whose real name is Terry Bollea, made the tearful plea during an interview Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The comments came after Hogan said he was mad at his daughter over business dealings involving her and her then-boyfriend.

Hogan became emotional several times during the interview, in which he discussed his firing from WWE, how his environment may have contributed to his racial bias, and how his daughter came to his defense.

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