Hogan followed with later Friday morning.
STORY DEVELOPING –– Hogan has apologized in a statement to People magazine:
Hogan said in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE. The transcript featuring that conversation was published online by the National Enquirer.“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,”
“This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise,” Hogan told PEOPLE. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”