Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN Part Ways for Good
While both sides claim they ousted the other, the end result is the same. Hank Williams Jr. will no longer be featured in the iconic opening to ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ following the comments he made Monday morning on ‘Fox and Friends.’
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” the sports network said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of ‘Monday Night Football’ has always been about the games and that will continue.”
On his official website, Williams told his side of the story. “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct. 3, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”
The introduction to Monday night’s game was yanked after Williams used an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Obama on ‘Fox and Friends.’ The singer commented on Obama’s round of golf with House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican. Williams said, “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
After attempting to explain himself on Monday, Williams admitted he made a dumb statement on Tuesday, adding, “I am very sorry if it offended anyone.” It’s not clear if any amount of contrition would have allowed the network to continue using the song and his likeness.
Watch Hank Williams Jr. on ‘Fox and Friends’