The WWE “terminated its contract” with Hulk Hogan this morning, the organization announced, in light of a National Enquirer and RadarOnline report of Hogan using hate speech in his infamous sex tape. (Hogan’s rep told People that the wrestler resigned from the WWE.) That contract included his role as a judge on this season of WWE Tough Enough, which airs on USA. Hogan will no longer appear on the show, but sources close to production confirm to Vulture that Tough Enough will in fact keep airing — just with a replacement judge.
This season of WWE Tough Enough is going into its sixth episode of a ten-episode season and has so far been pulling in around 1.1 million viewers per week — not bad, but not spectacular. Chrisley Knows Best, which also airs on Tuesdays, pulls in around 1.9 million.
No word yet on who the replacement judge might be, but he or she will join Daniel Bryan and Paige on the live portion of the show, which is, unfortunately, an underproduced drag and nowhere near as fun and exciting as the rest of the series. On this week’s episode, contestants had to be reminded to talk into their microphones. Perhaps this will jazz things up a little?