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.
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"
“Shouldnt ESPN have an actual Hispanic sing the Intro Tune en Español?”
Yeah, play that old Ted Kennedy tape.
That’ll reel in the viewers.../s
Wow...ESPN is ‘extremely disappointed’ that Hank Williams ‘spoke his mind’ and ‘offended’ Dear Leader.
I am extremely disappointed that ESPN GIVES hours of ‘air’ (read propaganda) time each March to Baracketology.
I guess this is one vote I will cast with my remote.
Monday night football? Is that still on? I stopped watching after Dandy Don Meridith quit. :-)
Seriously though, ole Hank was just following an old family tradition. Calling a spade a spade. Whoops!!! Oh dear I think I just went rogue.
I guess he and his friends want be coming over to-night for some foot ball ?
Nah, now all the players and coaches are decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Remember when the NFL was about FOOTBALL instead of PC BS and rock concerts?
How many TV personalities were fired for calling Bush “Hitler”??
I think the pink breast-cancer awareness month has replaced Hispano month. Looks like all the lib causes are starting to overlap, just a when Rush on his TV show years ago wore his dozen ribbons on his suit.
Since the NFL is a big dem donor I bounced them and the Broncos three years ago. Don't miss them.
Maybe they can get David Allen Coe to fill in...
Tell them all to BOYCOTT DISNEY. Drop their cable subscriptions to ESPN and write the advertisers.
Um, ah, none?
Since they moved it from ABC to ESPN cable only, a majority who don’t have cable or Dish network won’t know he isn’t on.
I’m with Hank and he better not apologize to get back the gig.
NFL is skating on thin ice.
If the right is smart, it will destroy them.
They are nothing but an extension of the slave trade, with no guarantee contracts and extreme violence against blacks.
Somebody over there had better find a clue quick, because if Hank Jr doesn’t sing tonight, the NFL might as well start using a soccer ball, because NASCAR NFL fans WILL REVOLT.
I quit watching MNF after they canned Dennis Miller.
Watching his OneLiners fly over Al Michaels’ toupee in my mind’s eye allowed me to tolerate Michaels.
No more, besides the NFL has been going out of their way to alienate me from their product.
I’m a life long 49ers fan (I saw YA Tittle throw the Alley-Oop to RC Owens at Kezar Stadium when I was in grade school, so I’m no 80’s Dynasty Johnny Come Lately...I endured the Thomas Years, too)
Since Unrestricted Free Agency, the Owners have been trashing the Game IMHO.
It would be great but we all know that ain’t gonna happen...
Mike says: "Hank junior's daddy would be saying now...
There's a tear in my beer
'cause I'm cryin' for you,dear
you are on my lonely mind. ...
I beg to differ!
Those SuperBowl half time shows are NOT rock concerts!
Far from it...they’re Pop Pablum for the Grandpa Simpsons in the audience.
But ABC owns ESPN, so he's still dealing with the Mickey Mouse network suits.
NBC leads in the football singing race
Are you ready for some Hitler?
Are you ready for some small mustache?
You got Goebbels, and Himmler, and Speer, running up a big ole bash!!
The whole house is rockin’, let’s get it kick started
Launch this thing, raise the roof, that’s right!!
All my antisemitic communist loving friends are here on Monday night!!!!
ESPN is okay with Tyson’s violent sex talk on its own radio network, but when Hank Jr. tells a joke about the Obamessiah on another network, they throw Bocephus under the bus.
Typical Disney crap. Walt must be turning 9,000 rpm in his grave about now.
Hank got it wrong; Obama ain’t a hitler. But his voters are just like hitler supporters. They’d be happy if he put conservatives in concentration camps and dealt out their assets.
I watched it on FNF this morning, he was making a comment about Obama golfing with Boener like Hitler playing with Netayahoo, yeah I know I am spelling his name wrong.
Basically the conversation was about supporting Cain of which hank said he did though they tried to paint him as a Palin supporter as well, Hank was a Palin supporter, still is but he decided to not to play their game.
This is indeed all about the truth being treasonous but more importantly its America turning into political prisoners because of the Obamination.
Hank Williams Jr. NEVER said Obama is Hitler, as usual the MSM and quite possibly a slew of trolls are making it up.
Break out the Geritol and All-Bran, the elderly Madonna will gracing the SB halftime stage this year.
Yawn. And Ewwww....
Football is under communist control.
Dammit, why don’t compare Obama to Joseph Stalin every once in a while?!
I wanted to throw up when I heard that song the first time. Joan Jett has more talent in her little finger than dopey-diva Faith has in her whole body.