Hank Jr. and ESPN End MNF Relationship
Quit or fired?
Did Hank Williams Jr. quit or get fired? As is usual in these sorts of disputes, it depends who you believe.
Either way, the entertainer's 20-year run with Monday Night Football is over.
According to Hank's website he's decided to pull his song "All My Rowdy Friends" from ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast. Meanwhile, according to ESPN's website, it was the network that "decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr."
The dispute arose on Monday (Oct. 3) when ESPN pulled the song from that night's game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in response to comments Hank Jr. made earlier in the day on Fox & Friends comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler. He later apologized for the comment, saying, "I have always been very passionate about politics and sports and this time it got the best and worst of me."
Thursday (Oct. 6) Hank Jr. posted this statement on his website: “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made my decision. 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.”
ESPN had this to say on its website: "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."