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ESPN Permanently Cuts Hank Williams Jr. 'Monday Night Football' Theme

After cutting Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song from 'Monday Night Football' earlier this week, ESPN has announced that 'All My Rowdy Friends' will not return to its broadcast.

The cable sports channel said its decision was made after much thought following the singer's comparison President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr.," it said. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

But immediately after ESPN made the announcement, Williams took to his website to proclaim the decision to pull the song was all his.

"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," he wrote on his website. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, 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."

Regardless of whose decision it was, the song had been a 'Monday Night Football' staple since 1989 and survived the game's switch of networks from ABC to cable a few years ago.

Earlier this week, Williams had issued a statement after he was cut from the broadcast insisting his remarks were misunderstood.

October 7, 2011 |

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