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Greg Hamilton confirms 'mutual respect departure' from WWE

In an Instagram post Wednesday, ring announcer Greg Hamilton confirmed he is no longer with WWE, calling the split "a mutual respect departure."

In the statement seen below, he said that after six years and 52 weeks a year, it was time to say goodbye. He also addressed rumors that he was cut against his wishes and took a shot at social media for how they treat his former co-workers.

"...Don’t let the internet or social media gas you up; this was a mutual respect departure from a great company. Nothing but respect from both sides. It’s business. Also understand that what you see on social media is exactly that. It’s not real life. Especially for your favorite Superstars. They are human beings with real lives, and INCREDIBLE human beings. The hate, the bullying…that is read and internalized by real human beings…not characters. That needs to be said for my friends," he wrote.

He said that his priorities are his family as his mother is her 70s and his sister has cerebral palsy. 

"...Those are my priorities. Not chasing fame, not being on television. 52 weeks a year became too much. Without our mental health, we have nothing. But man…what a ride," he wrote.

Hamilton (Greg Hutson) was with WWE since 2015 and had been a main roster ring announcer since 2016. He was the ring announcer for last Thursday's Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia and Friday's SmackDown.

In his statement, he did not address making his Twitter profile private or his threat of legal action against a rapper who used his voice on a song. In a series of now-deleted Instagram comments, Hamilton threatened a lawsuit and was looking for a settlement of between $20,000-$30,000.


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