Hank Williams Jr. bounced permanently from Monday Night Football
This just in: Hank Williams Jr. is a sore loser. And for the first time since 1989, Monday Night Football will go on without Williams and all his rowdy friends.
ESPN has announced they've parted ways with the country singer, who first drew heat earlier this week for comparing President Obama with Hitler during an appearance on the Fox News Network. ESPN pulled his usual Monday Night Football intro off this week's show as a result. Williams later apologized for his remark but since then has obviously had a change of heart.
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," Williams said in a statement to the Associated Press. "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, meanwhile, said the decision actually came from the network: "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."
In case you're wondering why I even bother to write about this, remember it all stems from a song in 1981 called All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down). "All my rowdy friends" would resurface as a catch-phrase in 1984's All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight and in 1988 in Born to Boogie.
Bottom line: Politics aren't really the issue. It's an old and tired song anyway. And Hank needs to learn to be an adult (and actually read the First Amendment before commenting incorrectly on it). I'm sure life for Hank and Monday Night Football will go on just fine without each other.