Often, a good sex tape can make or revive a career, and while you could argue that the same holds true of Hulk Hogan’s illicit romp, which has garnered the former wrestler a ridiculous amount of press, Hulk says that he’s never been more embarrassed in his life.
Sitting down with Piers Morgan Tuesday night, Hulk called his sex tape with Heather Clem “the big white elephant in the room we can’t avoid.”
“I’ve been through a lot of stuff, with the federal government back in the ’80s, the whole steroid controversy, divorce, car wrecks,” Hogan said. “I’ve been through so much stuff, but never have I ever been this embarrassed, and never has my world been turned upside down in such a fashion.”
Gawker published a clip of the sex tape last Thursday, causing Hulk to issue cease-and-desist letters internet-wide, vowing to sue anyone who doesn’t remove the footage. Hulk claims that the tape was filmed without his knowledge, and recent reports have held Radio DJ Bubba the Love Sponge responsible for its release. Bubba is Hulk Hogan’s best friend and the estranged husband of Heather Clem, Hulk’s co-star in the tape. Bubba gave Hulk his blessing to bed his wife six years ago during a rough spot in his marriage to Linda Hogan, and it is now thought that Bubba secretly recorded the rendezvous, hoping to profit from the tape one day.
“I considered both people close friends. There was ongoing dialogue for over two years about this (kind of thing), and I said, ‘give me a break, stop, you’re joking’ – it was almost to a point of being funny,” Hulk recounted, according to TMZ. “And then I bottomed out, and my personal life, I was in a bad situation. … I knew my marriage (to Linda) was really screwed up bad.”
Hulk also appeared on Today Tuesday, telling hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb that he “had no idea there was a camera in the room.”
“It was at a really low point in my life when I was in my previous marriage, when things bottomed out completely,” he said. “I was with some friends, I made a wrong choice, and now all of a sudden it surfaces over six years later.” Hulk continued, “I’m trying to find out who did this to me,” adding that new wife Jennifer McDaniel, whom he married in 2010, “is rattled, to say the least.”
Hogan seemed penitent regarding the controversy, telling Morgan that “any excuse I make, whether it was a rough time in my life, or the people that were there were my friends, none of that matters.”
“At the end of the day,” he concluded, “pray to God that those that love you and the people close to you, like your friends, your children, and your wife, know who you are.”
Here’s Hulk Hogan talking to Piers Morgan about his sex tape: