ESPN has dropped Hank Williams Jr. from its upcoming Monday Nigh Football telecast after the country music star compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler during an appearance on Fox News.
Here’s ESPN’s statement (via USA Today): "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
During an appearance on Fox News’ Fox & Friends earlier Monday, Williams said this summer’s so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner was "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." He then added: "It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."
Later in the interview, one of the Fox & Friends hosts pointed out that Williams appeared to be invoking the name of "one of the most hated people in all of the world" in reference to the president, to which the singer responded: "That is true, but I'm telling you like it is."