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Old 10-03-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr.'s 'Are You Ready' opening from MNF - ESPN

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The Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years will not be part of the opening of this week's Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.

Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning.

ESPN, in a statement, 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."

Williams issued a statement through his publicist, saying: "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."

Williams, whose song "All My Rowdy Friends" has been the Monday Night Football theme on both ABC and ESPN since 1991, told "Fox and Friends" that he thought Speaker of the House John Boehner playing golf with President Obama "would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu ... In the shape this country is in?"

Told by anchor Brian Kilmeade that he didn't understand the analogy, Williams said: "I'm glad you don't, brother, because a lot of people do. They're the enemy." Asked who, Williams said: "Obama. And Biden. Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."

Boehner played golf with Obama in June at the height of the national budget debate in Washington D.C.

Williams, from Tennessee, has said he would run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Later in the Fox interview with Williams, anchor Gretchen Carlson told Williams he used the name of one of history's most hated men to describe the President.

"Well that's true. But I'm telling you like it is," Williams said.

Williams has been critical of Obama in the past. He campaigned for Sen. John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin in 2008, even changing the words of one of his songs, "Family Tradition," to blast Obama and the Democrats for the financial crisis the country was facing prior to that year's election.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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i appreciate his strong opinion and wish more people of influence would stand their ground and take a stance. hollywood and nashville are filled with people who are too scared to offend and lose a dollar than to say what they really feel and when they do they issue a press release sayin they're sorry.
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Lol, this is nothing new. For most part, anyone the Fox network can't stand is labelled as Hitler. And the next night, Jon Stewart takes over
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I am pretty sure every president that has served in my lifetime has been compared to Hitler by someone. When Bush was in office it was folks like Streisand calling him Hitler/a Nazi.

It pays to have a boss with the same political views, but if you don't, you'll probably get dumped.
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Hank just sounded dumb in that interview. I am no Obama fan, but at least sound like you know what your talking about haha.
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Having corporate sponsors usually means you don't get to have controversial opinions. Sponsors dump people all the time for behavior. Part of the transaction for making millions selling yourself is giving up verbal autonomy.
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Will anyone really miss him? I was ready for him to go years ago.
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