Skip to comments.Hank Williams Jr. bounced from tonight's Monday Night Football opener after controversial comments
Posted on 10/03/2011 4:20:02 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
Hank Williams Jr. won't be ready for some football this Monday night.
ESPN bounced Williams' trademark opening "Are you ready for some football?" after the longtime voice of Monday Night Football's theme song, after he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
"While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football," an ESPN spokesman wrote in an email to the Daily News.
"We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
The award-winning country singer made the controversial comparison in an interview on Fox and Friends Monday morning in a bizarre chat about politics.
Williams began his TV appearance by slamming the GOP presidential candidates and saying House Majority Leader John Boehner's golf game with Obama was a huge mistake.
"You remember the golf game they had? That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever. That turned a lot of people off. It just didn't go over," he said.
When asked what about the game he didn't like, Williams Jr. pointed to the participants.
"Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," he said. "In the shape this country is in?"
When host Brian Kilmeade said he didn't understand the analogy, Williams Jr. replied "I'm glad you don't brother, because a lot of people do. They're the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."
It was not clear who the third stooge was in that analogy.
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Can we just do away with theme songs before football games, period, especially that insidious one Faith Hill does before the Sunday Night Game.
Yeah, but when their anchors openly giggle at the utterly revolting and sexually disgusting remarks Mike Tyson made about Sara Palin, nothing is said.
Guess disgusting and revolting speech is okay but only if you are a liberal.
doubt he cares
you are right.....
Instead of giving Barack Obama more and more recognition, negative or otherwise, we should ignore him as much as we can. To bad that HWJr did this, not that I disagree with him, you understand.
ESPN and all on there are a bunch of Homo’s.
Tell ‘em to go to h*ll, Hank.
Just like the Dixie Chicks, Ole Hank should have hussed up about politics and just sing.
At least he got twenty years of royalities for a one year gig...
“Instead of giving Barack Obama more and more recognition, negative or otherwise, we should ignore him as much as we can.”
Narcissists abhor abandonment.
The one exception is ridicule.
They abhor that more.
Hank Williams should have known that ABC is the Mickey Mouse organization.
Disney-ESPN did NOT fire Hunter S. Thompson, drug addled lefty, when he wrote on his ESPN blog that the offenses at Abu Ghraib were more shocking than the worst Nazi attrocities.
Such propaganda from the US press helped to feed the terrorist “insurgency” by fanning the flames that Bushitler really was “the Great Satan”.
Hank and his rowdy friends!
I knew this was coming....sad to see it.
Is it still Hispanic Heritage Time in the NFL?
Shouldn’t ESPN have an actual Hispanic sing the Intro Tune en Español?
I agree w/ Hank Jr BTW
Don't take away this old man's dreams.
It would be neat if they hired his son Hank III to do the intro of MNF.
ESPN is owned by the ultra-left Disney organization. It was co-founded by Scott Rasmussen, the pollster, and his father Bill. Prior to Disney ownership, ESPN was a better network. Now, it’s gone down the path of political correctness.
Wouldn’t have it any other way. Disney Corp is run by one these days.