Hank Williams Jr. was all up in the news this week. That's understandable given his comments involving Barack Obama and a certain German dictator to Fox and Friends on Monday.
Those comments resulted in ESPN pulling Hank's intro from the most recent Monday Night Football game in Tampa Bay and now resulted in ESPN firing the man known as Bocephus from the job he's held for the past two decades.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr." ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."
Hank Jr. originally issued an "apology" for his comments that came off in an insincere way. Bocephus followed that up with a more apologetic statement, but ESPN clearly felt that the comments were too controversial to make it worth including Williams in the production for MNF.
Also somewhat controversial? Whether or not Williams was fired -- the country singer said on his website Thursday that he was fired.
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," Hank wrote. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First AmendmentFreedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run."
ESPN and Hank were, per his interview, on a one-year contract, so it's not as if a separation would be that difficult, provided Bocephus doesn't feel the need to sue for a violation of his civil rights. It's kind of hard to imagine, though, how anyone -- as Stephen Colbert said on The Colbert Report recently -- will be able to get ready for football on Mondays without Hank.
Given that ESPN recently invested a ridiculous $1.8 billion into the rights for MNF, and given that nearly every single band currently producing music would be interested in producing the theme song, you have to imagine they'll figure out a way to move on without Bocephus and his rowdy friends.
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