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Hank Williams Jr. Kicked Off Monday Night Football For Comparing President Obama To Hitler [VIDEO]

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If you tuned in to Monday Night Fototball on ESPN expecting to see Hank Williams Jr. sing his signature song, you didn’t miss it.  It didn’t air.  Hank’s “Are You Ready for Some Football?” opening theme was pulled after he compared President Obama to Hitler in an interview yesterday on Fox News’ Fox & Friends.

Following his controversial remarks, ESPN severed ties with the country star. In a statement, ESPN said, “While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

During the interview on Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson initially asked Williams which Republican presidential candidate he liked, but he took a detour and began rambling about the summer golf match between the president and House Speaker John Boehner saying “It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu.” 

Williams later released a statement – “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.”

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