ESPN said Thursday that it would permanently pull the Hank Williams Jr. tune “All My Rowdy Friends” as the opener for “Monday Night Football” following Williams’ comparision of President Obama to Hitler.
“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.”
Williams countered on his website that he wanted to part ways after the network yanked his opening vid from Monday’s telecast. “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.”
A spokesman for ESPN said that the network spoke to Williams about ending his tenure there before he issued his statement.
On Monday morning, Williams remarked during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” that President Obama’s golf games with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner were “like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?” ESPN yanked Williams’ intro hours later.