ESPN boots Hank Williams Jr. from 'Monday Night Football'
ESPN has severed its ties to the outspoken country singer just a few days after his remarks on a Fox News show in which he compared President Obama to Hitler.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr.," the network said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue."
Williams sang the rocking theme of the broadcast. The song was pulled from Monday's game after his remarks on "Fox & Friends."
[Updated at 9:00 a.m.: Williams said he was not removed from the broadcast, he quit.
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," said a statement on Williams' 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."]
-- Greg Braxton
Photo: Hank Williams Jr. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press.