ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Monday Night Football Opening After His Controversial Comments about President Obama
For over 20 years Monday Night Football and Hank Williams Jr. have been paired together. After Williams controversial statement about President Obama on TV news show FOX and Friends Monday morning, ESPN made the decision to pull Williams and the famous opening theme.
Hank Williams Jr. may have just been making a ridiculous analogy, but it has cost him his gig opening up Monday Night Football, something that he has been doing for 20 years. On Monday morning Williams was on FOX news channels FOX and Friends and made comments that compared President Barack Obama to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
It was shortly after that, ESPN made the decision to yank the classic MNF opening. In a statement ESPN said that while Williams wasn't an employee of ESPN, he is closely associated with the network and they are very disappointed in his comments. In response, Williams said:
Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme, but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me, how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.
His statement seemed to be just covering his tracks because he would continue after the Hitler comparison to say that Obama and Biden were "the enemy". Later in the day FOX news' Gretchen Carlson would interview Williams and make him aware that he compared the President to one of the most hated men in history, to which he responded "I'm telling you like it is."