ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song from ‘Monday Night Football’ for Calling Obama ‘Hitler’ [VIDEO]
ESPN pulled country star Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night’ opener from the telecast of ‘Monday Night Football’ after Williams appeared on television comparing President Barack Obama to murderous dictator Adolf Hitler.
The song, a modified version of Williams’ 1984 hit, ‘All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight,’ has won four Emmys and has ushered in the Monday night games for some 20 years.
The singer went on Fox News’ ‘Fox and Friends’ on Monday morning and, when talking about Obama’s recent golf outing with Speaker of the House John Boehner, said it was like “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
If you’re confused, don’t worry — so was show host Brian Kilmeade. He asked Williams to explain, and the singer said, “They’re the enemy … Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”
Regardless, ‘MNF’ network ESPN was not amused, saying in a statement:
While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to ‘Monday Night Football.’ We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.
While ESPN didn’t say how long the benching would last, sources say any further decision will be based on how contrite Williams is in the immediate future.
Watch his incendiary comments below, along with the opening to a previous ‘Monday Night Football’ game.