ESPN Will "Part Ways" With Hank Williams Jr. After Comments About Obama And Hitler
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ESPN said today that it will "part ways" with Hank Williams Jr. after he compared President Obama going golfing with House Speaker John Boehner to "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu." Williams made the comments on Fox News' Fox & Friends on Monday.
ESPN released this statement:
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."
On Monday, ESPN responded to Williams' comments by pulling his opening song from that night's airing of Monday Night Football.
In a statement on his website, Williams said that he pulled his song:
AFTER ESPN SUSPENDS HANK JR. FOR ONE-WEEK, HANK JR. DECIDES TO PULL HIS SONG FROM BEING USED ON ESPN FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON!
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (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." -- Hank Williams Jr
Watch the Fox & Friends segment: