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ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 2:20 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

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.
Bocephus Bounced

"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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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:08 pm

ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

1. Williams didn't call Obama Hitler but...he did make an amazingly careless and incendiary analogy citing one of the biggest mass murderers in human history. And when the Fox & Friends host gave him the chance to take it back or clarify, he did neither. Instead he referred to Obama & Biden as "the enemy." Compare this with his very vocal but comapratively civil support of McCain-Palin during the '08 campaign. ESPN had no problem with his multiple (and loud) campaign appearances because for the most part, he kept the crazy in the bag.  
2. HWJr has the right to say whatever he wants. "Obama is a tyrant," "Cheney is a war criminal" - whatever passes through his cranium. An it doesn't matter which politician or party he insults. What does matter, however, is how his comments are construed (and misconstrued) by the viewers of MNF... 
3. ...who are also consumers targetted by ESPN's big-money advertisers. And, lo & behold, partisan politics don't sell soap or beer or much of anything else. You ever see Rush Limbaugh or Micheal Moore pitching any products to a diverse national audience? No, you haven't, and you never will. They are too polarizing. 
4. ESPN certainly has the contractual right to release any spokesperson or entity associated with their biggest show whose conduct is deemed unbecoming or too controversial. If Hank wants to sue, he can - but he won't win. No breach of contract likely. 
5. You have the right to boycott ESPN, ABC, Disney et al to your heart's content. Just don't keep shouting about any being violated. They weren't.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:47 am

ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

This has to be the only positive comment I have heard in this whole situation. Thank you, you make perfect sense. George Bush said at a news conference that he had no problem with a dictatorship as long as he was the dictator. What an idiot. But since Hank just came out with a song about "The socialist states of america" we know who he was referring to. He is unfortunately, these days so drunk all the time I am afraid his fate will be like Elvis or his father. Hank Williams died all full of morphine and alcohol either in a motel room or in his car and the guy driving the car didn't notice because he was drunk, also. He tried to drive him to a musical appearance and Williams should have been taken to the hospital. His heart stopped from all the drugs and alcohol. "Family Tradition" was a self fulfilling prophecy.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:19 am

ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

I saw the interview and actually tried to defend him for saying Hitler and Netanyahu getting together was as bad as Obama playing golf with John Boehner.  The whole poiint is, I was wrong. I  used to like his music but now that I understand he is an idiotic sheep who calls people who don't follow the ditto heads, sheep, then I have no respect for him and will never buy anything of his again.  Hopefully someday he will sober up and look at his life and who he has become and turn himself around but for now he is a sad human being. I hope he doesn't die before he figures it out. 
I spent a good portion of my life like that and now I am grateful to have sobered up and am living my life completely the opposite of who I was. When alcoholics get offended or afraid they blame everyone else out of a sense of insecurity. He is now a drunk worse than his dad ever was. I hope he finds himself before he ends up like Elvis. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:11 pm

ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

Mendenhall doesn't work for ESPN you idiot.  Williams Jr. does.  That's why they can't fire Mendenhall.

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