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

ESPN fires Hank Williams Jr. from MNF

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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Posted on: October 3, 2011 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:05 pm
 

ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr MNF introduction

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday morning, Hank Williams Jr., who notoriously sings the Monday Night Football introduction, went on Fox and Friends and made some pretty regrettable comments that used the words "Obama" and "Hitler."

As a result, ESPN decided to pull Williams intro for MNF when Indy heads to Tampa Bay this evening.

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told CBSSports.com.  "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

ESPN has not decided whether or not the removal of Williams intro -- he's might be more famous for yelling "Are you ready for some football?" than anything else -- will return and are "evaluating" the decision for future telecasts.

UPDATED 9:00 p.m. ET: Williams has released a statement. It reads:

Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme -- but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me -- how ludicrous that pairing was. 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 extremists -- 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 -- it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”


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Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Hank Williams, Jr., compares Obama to Hitler

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (5:50 p.m. ET): We reached out to ESPN for comment and we were informed they are pulling the Hank Williams, Jr., intro from Monday Night Football's telecast for Monday's game between the Buccaneers and the Colts.

“While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told CBSSports.com.  "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

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The latest sports-related figure to invoke Godwin's Law -- the act of comparing someone in modern culture to legendary very bad person Adolph Hitler -- picked a pretty bad subject for comparison, as Hank Williams, Jr., voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN, decided to hop on Fox and Friends and compare Barack Obama to the German dictator.

But, no, really, this happened. Williams decided to point out that it was foolish of House Majority Leader John Boehner to play golf with Barack Obama.

"Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu," he said. "In the shape this country is in?"

Wait! Don't pick your jaw up off the floor just yet. He wasn't done.

Hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were stunned (and later apologized for the remarks), but Kilmeade managed to point out that he doesn't "really understand that analogy." So Williams clarified it.

"I'm glad you don't brother, because a lot of people do," Williams said. "They're the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."

No, Williams did not list a third stooge, but maybe he was just referring to himself?

It was a gaffe of pretty epic proportions and unfortunately for Hank -- and ESPN -- they managed to shift the conversation directly to his 20th year with the WWL as the guy who screams the theme song at the beginning of the show.

"A one-year deal that keeps on going sure is fun," Williams said of his tenure with MNF.

Of course, that only works if it actually keeps on going.

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