Hank Williams Jr. And 'Monday Night Football' Part Ways | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Hank Williams Jr. And 'Monday Night Football' Part Ways

The controversy over his comment that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler has cost singer Hank Williams Jr. his spot on Monday Night Football.

ESPN says it made the call:

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years," reads a statement posted online this morning by ESPN . "The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

Williams, though, says it was his decision:

"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," he writes on his website. "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."

Williams, who subsequently said he's "sorry if it offended anyone," was on Fox & Friends this past Monday when he compared the round of golf that President Obama played this summer with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to "Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu." He also referred to Obama and Vice President Biden as "the enemy."

Williams' reworked All My Rowdy Friends theme has been opening MNF broadcasts for 20 years.

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

FX's 'The Bridge' Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set of FX's cross-border crime drama, discovering the way the show's Spanish-language scenes help reveal new dimensions to the series' Mexican characters.
NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Sen. Warren: We Need Regulators Who 'Work For The American People'

Elizabeth Warren tells NPR that newly released recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.
NPR

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad free, invite only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.