Hank Williams Jr. off MNF over Obama-Hitler remark

Musician Hank Williams Jr. attends the launch party for Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey at the Marathon Building on November 9, 2010, in Nashville, Tennessee. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Hank Williams Jr.
Musician Hank Williams Jr. attends the launch party for Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey at the Marathon Building on November 9, 2010, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The voice of Hank Williams Jr. has become one with Monday Night Football, and he has opened the telecast for nearly 20 years, rhetorically asking America: "Are you ready for some football?"

Apparently, ESPN, the newish TV home of the NFL's Monday night telecast, wasn't ready for Hank Williams Jr.'s rant on the Fox News show "Fox and Friends." (Clip below.)

Williams was being interviewed via telecast when he was asked what he thought about President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner playing golf together recently.

Williams responded: "That'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu."

The befuddled hosts then listened as Williams went on to discussed the polarized electorate and Obama's role in it, saying: "They're the enemy!"

A host asked: "Who's the enemy?"

Williams then went on to say: "Are you kiddin? Obama! Biden! The three stooges!"

While there is confusion about what, exactly, Williams meant, ESPN apparently took exception to the statement.

In a press release, ESPN said: "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. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

Even Williams' hosts were a bit taken aback by his performance. Just after the interview ended, anchor Gretchen Carlson said: "I just want to say we disavow any of those analogies he made."

It is unclear whether ESPN's decision to pull Williams' telecast intro will apply to future broadcasts as well.

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.

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