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“I’m Leaving. I’m Sorry'”: Ric Flair Mentions Deceased Son Reid Flair and Walks Out of a Show After Calling Out Inconsiderate Comments

Published 10/01/2023, 9:00 AM EDT

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Ric Flair is a flamboyant and charismatic personality in the wrestling world. He is known to have fun and is currently enjoying his retirement after an illustrious career. But as fun as he can be, he still has his limitations and boundaries of what he can tolerate. An incident during a comedy roast show left Flair upset, and he chose to walk out of it. The 16-time world champion walked out of the show as he got emotional over his deceased son Reid Flair.

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Flair has had his fair share of shenanigans in his career but it seems the Nature Boy drew a line when it came to the roast on the show which he termed “uncomfortable”

Ric Flair felt uncomfortable with the show’s humor


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A few days ago WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair appeared on Kill Tony, a comedy roast show hosted by Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban. At the start, he was enjoying the roast, but it made him uncomfortable after a while. We can clearly see his expressions changing as the show progresses. 

When a comedian, who was a high school amateur wrestling coach, was done with his piece, one of the guests on the show called his story boring, particularly the coach’s dream to become a commentator. Following this, Flair took the mic to speak. He shared that his son Reid was an amateur wrestler and shared an emotional message, followed by a departure from the show.


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Addressing the wrestling coach he said, “Actually, to be honest, I respect that very much. My son was a great amateur wrestler. This is why I’m leaving after I say this. No, I’m sorry. I have more respect for people who take their time to support any youthful athletic event. My son was a great amateur wrestler, he died of a heroin overdose in 2013.”

When the other guests on the show and the audience asked him to stay, he added, “No, no, I don’t need to hear that. I’m over that. Anybody who can take the time away from their life to support kids and make them better, because I can tell you right now from personal experience because I believe in my heart.” However, he was cut off by another guest before he could finish his statement.

These comments made him leave the show after he felt they were directed towards his late son. Furthermore, the wrestling legend also spoke about how social media has ruined things.

Flair also said while leaving the show, “I don’t make fun of people. I’m ready to leave in one minute, guys. Love you. I am, I am. You know why? I’m uncomfortable with the format. I appreciate the opportunity. I will never ever… there is no humor in the world that makes fun of people.”

The two-time WWE Hall of Famer has a soft spot when it comes to his son Reid. In the past he has shared how Reid passed away while Flair was away for an hour and a half.


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Ric Flair once revealed the tragic details of his son’s demise

The two-time Hall of Famer once talked about the heart-wrenching details of his son’s demise on The Pivot Podcast. Flair said that his son was on his watch and was wrestling in Japan and he had flown him back because he wanted to be at WrestleMania. Flair revealed he thought he finally found a place in Japan where his son couldn’t get into trouble because of the country’s strict laws.

Flair said, “But somehow, he came home, and he was staying with his mom and he kept calling me, ‘dad please come, please come get me. I can’t take it over here’. So, I went and got him, brought him with me, bought him a couple of Nike tennis shoes, and left him out of my sight for about an hour and a half.”


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By the time Ric Flair reunited with his son again, he was on the floor. Flair called the ambulance and police as well and put him to bed, considering he had seen him like that multiple times. The next day, Reid Flair turned purple, and after a while, Flair got the most devastating news any parent could receive – his son was no more.

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Written by:

Tushar Deogharkar


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Tushar Deogharkar is a senior WWE writer and analyst at EssentiallySports. With a true passion for pro wrestling, Tushar has consistently provided unparalleled coverage of the sport, never missing an opportunity to share his insights with his readers. Throughout his career, Tushar has covered some of the most iconic rivalries in WWE history, including the legendary feud between The Rock and Stone Cold.
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