Pop Minute

Home    Photos    Videos    What's on TV Tonight

ESPN Drops Hank Williams Jr. Opening After Obama-Hitler Comparison

ESPN dropped the Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.

The country singer, appearing on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends', likened a June golf game that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played to a game between Hitler and Netanyahu.

"It was one of the biggest political mistakes ever," Williams Jr told Fox News' Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade. "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."

Told by anchor Kilmeade that he didn't understand the analogy, Williams said: "I'm glad you don't, brother, because a lot of people do."

"They're the enemy," Williams continued. "Obama! Biden! The Three Stooges."

When Carlson said they were taken aback because "you used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president," Hank Williams Jr. said: "That's true but I'm telling you like it is."

Later in the day, the singer tried to back off his remarks but the damage was done.

"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood," he said. "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."

Meanwhile, ESPN said they chose to pull the opening because the artist is often associated with the network because of MNF: "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. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

October 4, 2011 |

Related Posts
  Stephen Colbert Wonders If Mike Pence Knows What A 'Porn Star' Is
  James Corden's Steve Bannon Faces Lie Detector with Ed Helms
  Seth Meyers Takes 'Closer Look' at GOP Passing Their Tax Plan
  Seth Meyers Takes Closer Look at Trump's FBI Speech and the GOP Tax Plan
  Roy Moore Campaign Spokesman Is Deer In Headlights In Tapper Interview
  Stephen Colbert: Roy Moore Loves Putin Just As Much As Trump
  Stephen Colbert Looks At 'The Madness Of Defending Roy Moore'
  Jimmy Kimmel Engages In Twitter War with Roy Moore, Sends Jake Byrd To Rally
  Seth Meyers Asks 'What Does Paul Ryan Think About During Sex?' In Mock Briefing
  ESPN Distances Itself From Anchor Jemele Hill's Anti-Trump Tweets
  ESPN Broadcaster Chris Berman's Wife Killed In Car Crash
  Pregnant ESPN Reporter Samantha Ponder Hits Back At 'Sexist, Vulgar' Comments
  ESPN Fires Former Red Sox Curt Schilling Over Anti-Transgender Comment
  ESPN Releases Trailer for Documentary 'OJ: Made in America'
  Olivia Munn Calls Out ESPN Reporter Who Suggests She's Affecting Aaron Rodgers
  Bill Simmons Admits He Went Too Far With Roger Goodel Rant at ESPN
  ESPN Suspends Curt Schilling After Tweet Comparing Muslims To Nazis
  HBO Scoops Up Bill Simmons After ESPN Doesn't Renew Contract




© Copyright & Privacy Policy Pop Minute. All rights reserved. | Feedback