Hank Williams Jr. was officially dropped from ESPN’s Monday Night Football after he made comments comparing President Obama to Hitler during an interview with Fox News on Monday.
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years,” ESPN said in a statement on Thursday. “The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
But former Mr. Monday Night disagrees with how the breakup went down.
“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” Williams said on his website. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, 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.”
So was it Hank’s decision or ESPN’s? We guess it doesn’t matter, but everyone loves post-breakup chatter.
No longer will MNF fans hear Williams shout “Are you ready for some footballllll?!?!” during Monday telecasts. Its unclear who will replace him after his controversial comments. But we’re open to some of your ideas on the comments below.
The controversial statement by the country singer was made on Fox & Friends, where Williams was called on to discuss the Republican field battling it out for the GOP nomination to run against President Obama.
Uninterested in what the GOP is offering, Williams simply replied “nobody,” when asked who he likes.
He then went on to call the summer golf outing between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
“It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he explained. “I don’t understand that analogy, actually,” anchor Brian Kilmeade said.
“Well, I’m glad you don’t brother because a lot of people do,” the country star replied.
And he wasn’t done: Williams described Obama and Vice President Biden as “the enemy” and called them “the three stooges”—even though Obama and Biden equals two people, not a trio.