ESPN has dropped its traditional Monday Night Football opening song for the Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game on Monday following singer Hank Williams Jr.‘s comment on Fox News’ Fox & Friends comparing President Obama to Hitler.
Williams’ song “All My Rowdy Friends” has been used to open Monday Night Football since 1991 on both ABC and ESPN.
In a statement, 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.”
The singer, talking to hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade live via satellite from Nashville on Monday morning, got into a political discussion in which he stated that Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s golf game with President Obama was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
“It’s like Hitler playing golf with [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he said.
The Fox News anchors seemed taken aback at Williams’ comment. Carlson wanted Williams to clarify, saying, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president.”
“That’s true,” Williams said. “But I’m telling you like it is.”