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Hank Williams Jr. pulled off Monday Night Football after Obama insult

October 3, 2011 |  4:27 pm

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Hank Williams Jr., the country singer who belts the rocking theme song for ESPN's "Monday Night Football," has been yanked off tonight's broadcast following comments in which he compared President Obama to Hitler.

In an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Williams compared the summer golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever," according to reports. "That turned a lot of people off."

"It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu," Williams said. "In the shape this country's in?"

Asked to explain his analogy, Williams said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are "the enemy," adding for some reason that they were "The Three Stooges."

In a statement, ESPN executives said: "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening of 'Monday Night Football.' We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

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Photo: Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, left, and Hank Williams Jr. before the start of the Dolphins-New England Patriots game on Sept. 12. Photo credit: Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT.

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