ESPN Permanently Cancels Hank Williams Jr. Monday Night Football Opening Song
Posted on October 6, 2011
ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s song from the opening of Monday Night Football on Monday, October 3rd because of his comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on Fox and Friends. You watch Hank's grumpy appearance on Fox & Friends here.
ESPN has now decided to cancel Hank's opener to Monday Night Football permanently. ESPN said in a 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."
Hank Williams Jr. claimed he is the one that pulled the song from ESPN in a post on his website. Hank wrote, "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."
Jon Stewart was upset. He said, "They pulled the song? We count on him to gauge our nation's football readiness."