Chris Jericho: “I Feel Bad for” Hulk Hogan After His Racist Remarks: Watch

Huffington Post Live logo

Nope, not okay. Wrestling superstar Chris Jericho sat down with HuffPost Live on Monday, Aug. 24, where he discussed Hulk Hogan’s July 24 termination from the WWE after several outlets reported the existence of audio in which the legendary fighter could be heard making racist remarks.

“It’s that word … that word is such an ugly word,” replied Jericho, 44, when asked about Hogan’s scandal. “I was surprised, absolutely, because Hulk’s not like that. But we all say things at stupid times in stupid ways.”

But bad as Hogan’s comments may have been, Jericho is still there for his pal. “I think it’s one of those deals where as a friend, you gotta stick by your friends in good times and bad times,” he said. “I don’t condone it, and I’m surprised, but a friend is a friend.”

“I feel bad for him. I feel bad for everyone involved,” added the wrestler, who has talked to Hulk (nee Terry Bollea) since the scandal broke. “But I do know this: Nobody feels more let down than he does.”

Chris Jericho
WWE star Chris Jericho says he was really surprised by Hulk Hogan's racist rant. Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic

The same day the WWE ended its contract with him, Hogan admitted he used unacceptable language and wanted forgiveness.

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation,” he said. “There is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it. … I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs. It is not who I am.”

Have a question you'd like to ask a celebrity? Check out who will be appearing on HuffPost Live and submit your question to be asked live on-air!

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!