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Tommy Dreamer suspended by Impact Wrestling

This story was updated at 3 PM Eastern.

Impact Wrestling has suspended Tommy Dreamer following controversial comments he made on Thursday's Dark Side of the Ring episode.

In a statement obtained by John Pollock of Post Wrestling, Impact said, "We are aware of Mr. Laughlin’s (Tommy Dreamer) comments on “Dark Side of the Ring”. The views expressed by him in the interview are completely unacceptable. We can confirm Mr. Laughlin was suspended this morning with immediate effect, pending further action".

Earlier Friday, Fightful reported that Dreamer would not be at this weekend's set of Impact TV tapings in Nashville, Tennessee, saying that staff was informed of his absence during a production meeting Friday. The company has three days of taping and Dreamer is part of the creative team, occasionally still working matches.

Dreamer (Tom Laughlin) came under fire following Thursday's Dark Side of the Ring that focused on "the plane ride from hell" in which a group of WWE wrestlers got heavily intoxicated prior to and during a 2002 international flight back to the United States -- an embarrassment for WWE that resulted in several firings and a lawsuit settlement.

Dreamer, who was on the flight, defended Ric Flair who was accused by flight attendant Heidi Doyle of exposing himself to her, pushing her up against the back door of the plane and putting her hand on his genitals. Flair has denied the claims.

Dreamer said Flair is "not going to impose, by force, any sexual stuff onto anybody. He's just flaunting...stylin' and profilin'...like the Ric Flair stuff where everybody's going to laugh about it. Obviously, somebody took offense to it."

He later said Flair was being portrayed as a sexual predator.

"It's a joke. It's a gag. Today? 1000% inappropriate," he said. "I have hung out with Ric Flair and have never seen him force his will against anybody."

On the WWE settlement with Doyle following the incident, Dreamer said, "If that’s how she felt, maybe she should have not taken a payout and went to the fullest extent of the law to put this heinous person in jail. My opinion."

On Friday's Busted Open Radio where Dreamer is an occasional co-host, host Dave LaGreca said they are taking the situation "very seriously" and don't condone any of the behavior displayed on the show. They didn't go into detail about when and if Dreamer will be back, but only that they are taking the situation seriously and "what will happen, will happen."

Dreamer has yet to comment publicly on the episode.