Hank Williams Jr. Monday Night Football Theme: Yanked By ESPN!

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Monday Night Football was missing its familiar theme song last night after ESPN opted to pull the classic intro. Controversy over Hank Williams Jr.'s comments on Fox News about President Obama was the obvious catalyst.

Williams' singing "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night" had been a MNF staple - an American signature, even - for over 22 years. Then Hank had to go compare Obama to Adolf Hitler and ruin everything.

"While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through Monday Night Football," ESPN said.

"We are extremely disappointed with Hank Williams Jr.'s comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

If you missed it, Williams weighed in on the politics of the day.

"It'd be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," in reference to Obama golfing with House Speaker John Boehner.

"They're the enemy! Obama, Biden... the three stooges!"

No word on whether Williams planned on naming a third stooge at some point, or if ESPN has locked the country singer out of the NFL for good.

Williams responded to the incident with his own statement:

"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood," he said last night. "My analogy was extreme, but it was to make a point."

"I was simply trying to explain how stupid, how ludicrous that pairing seemed."

"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."

"Every time the media brings up the Tea Party it's painted as racist and extremist - but there's never a backlash - no outrage to those comparisons."

"Working class people are hurting, and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job - well, it makes a whole lot of us angry." 

"Something has to change. The policies have to change."

Of course, if he had said that yesterday and not this nonsense, we wouldn't even be talking about it and he'd still be rockin' on Mondays:

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Monday Night Football-----is not Monday Night Football without---- Hank

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Personally, Hank said what every red blooded, blue collar, american in the U.S. wanted to say. Plus, he probably said it better. Didn't have to rant and rave or or use profane language. He simply added it to a song and let the rest of us figure out what he was trying to say. Take it that not everyone has the same interpretation, but if some hot shot on t.v. says he has it figured out than most will fall blindly into what he or she is telling.... "Ain't that America"

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First of all President Obama didnt screw up the courntry Bush did that.I do feel that you can say what ever that is on your mine just not on monday night football. We do know the President will go down in history as the most DISRESPECTED President ever to hold office and for this we all should be ashamed. I wonder if the same comment had been made about Bush would Hanks career be over.

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My God this pisses me off! It was just a comparison he didn't actually say he IS Hitler. And they fired him?!! >:( I bet if he had compared Hitler to someone other than osama... I mean Obama. He wouldve eventually been forgiven. Oh but since it's HIM oh no!! Oh God...cover ur ears everyone. How pathetic. He's just saying the truth that O has screwed up and deceived us all. Was Hitler not a deceiver? And whose the most famous deceiver in history? Hmmm... We all know. O has lied, that's a fact. He said he would bring back the troops in a few months after he'd be elected. Aren't innocent American dying in the east? Fathers, Sons, brothers...and for what?? The USs greed. I'm not saying he's Hitler either... I'm just saying he's screwed up. Just because ur the "president" doesn't mean we should put him above God, cuz his name is used in vain everyday and no one says a word. I'm so mad.

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In spite of the fact that Hank Williams comments were strongly directed, he never said what is being quoted in the media. The media is saying that he compared Obama to Hilter; not so. He made a contrast comparison between two extreme counterparts; Hilter, the most strongly committed ethnic exterminator in history, and the leader of the Jewish center of the world, Netanyahu. He never states who is who in the comparison, just the level of extremity between the two. It's amazing that the world of journalism these days can't seem to get anything right.

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I thought everybody was supposed to get a second chance! OK, Hank made a boo boo, now, patch it up, revise the song and let Monday night football be as wonderful as it used to be!
What else are we going to get taken away from us! Man, can't say the Pledge of Allegiance, no prayers in school, what happened to our freedom of speech when they drafted the Constitution?
What is our world coming to!

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well hank got the ax for telling the truth. obama has ruined this country just like hitler. what happened to frredom of speech. monday night football is over for me.

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well they fired hank.why? he was telling the truth. obama has lied cheated and screwed the american country. he is as bad as hitler.

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Even freedom of speech and independent thoughts are wrong these days in America. Hank is entitled to his own beliefs, even if others disagree or disapprove, just like you and I are (for now) still allowed to. Folks really need to look at the whole picture. Every day one piece of someone's rights is being removed. Little by little, "We The People" are becoming "We The Congress". I don't like this thought at all. Working class people ARE the ones being done wrong. Now maybe he said something to offend our "so called" leader, but what makes it any different than someone offending you or I? Life goes on.

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Hank Williams Jr was totally out of line. Kick him to the curb! There is too much viciousness and nastiness in our country without some uneducated, over-paid, wannabe country star to speak in such ugly terms. If he performs again on the show, we will not be viewers.

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