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Hank Jr. Pulls Out of Jason Aldean Duet After First Take

Bocephus was slated to sing part of "Tattoos on This Town" for CMT Artists of the Year taping.

Actor Rob Lowe, host of CMT Artists of the Year special that taped Tuesday (Nov. 29), told the crowd a special "hell-raiser" would be joining Jason Aldean for his performance of "Tattoos on This Town."

And after a verse, Hank Williams Jr. walked out in bright yellow shirt and black pants and sang a verse, but without his usual Bocephus energy and flair.

At song's end, there was a pause in the taping, and Rob walked back out to re-introduce Jason—without any reference to any hell-raising guest to sing with him. Jason, one of the five CMT artists of the year, did take two with his band and without Hank Jr.

What gives?

Hank Jr. issued the following statement to, through his publicist:

"I've heard people mess up my songs and screw up Daddy's songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn't feel right, it didn't sound right. I didn't want to disrespect him."

CMT Artists of the Year—ostensibly minus Hank Jr.—airs Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

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