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Hulk Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005Getty

WWE has removed all references to legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan from their websites following reports the 61-year-old has left the company.

The Hall of Famer's profile has been taken down from WWE.com and no merchandise can be found on the official WWE online shop.

As well as this, Hogan is no longer listed as a judge in the organisation's Tough Enough contest.

Also, as reported by Wrestling Inc, Curtis Axel, who has been playing a parody of Hogan in recent months, no longer has a photo of him dressed as the 12-time world champion on his WWE profile page.

There are reports that Hogan has parted ways or been forced out of the WWE following reports of the existence of a leaked tape featuring the wrestler going on a racist tirade.

While nothing has yet to be confirmed regarding Hogan's disappearance from the WWE sites, Dave Meltzer, arguably the most respected professional wrestling journalist, tweeted: "WWE web site told a few hours ago to remove all references to him. That's all I know so far."

Hogan, one of the biggest and most popular wrestlers in history, returned to the WWE in 2014 after several years with rival federation TNA.

Hogan is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with US gossip site Gawker after it published a 2006 sex tape involving Hogan and the then-wife of his best friend.

It is not believed WWE are distancing themselves from Hogan because of the lawsuit with Gawker given the issue has been ongoing for several years now.

This is not the first time Hulk Hogan has made headlines for allegedly racial comments. In 2012, he used the n-word when talking about his history in pro-wrestling on a radio show.

Also, during his days in the WCW he referred, during a live TV broadcast, to a cameraman as a "jiggly jiggly Jew".