Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN have officially decided to part ways. Of course, this means we need to start off with the obligatory opening line:
Are you ready for some football? Hank Williams Jr. will not be anytime soon.
The move comes after Williams' controversial comments that analogized President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler on Monday. This forced ESPN's hand, and the network removed Williams' hit, All My Rowdy Friends, from the opening of its Monday Night Football montage. The song had served as the lead-in to Monday Night Football since 1991.
Both parties gave conflicting statements Thursday that each suggested they had the upper hand in parting ways. Williams gave an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press.
After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision, Williams said.
The unnecessary capital letters dragged on.
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's statement conflicted with Williams' statement, all the while looking more like an actual statement.
We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr., the statement read. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.
Williams started his descent into hot water when discussing President Obama on Fox and Friends Monday morning. He was outraged at a golf game that recently took place between Obama and Republican Rep. John Boehner.
And so the natural thing, of course, was to go on a tangent about it.
It'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, Williams said, referring to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.
Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson tried to remind him that he had just compared the President of the United States to one of the most hated people in the world. But Williams didn't budge.
I'm telling you like it is, he said.
He also tried to compare Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to the Three Stooges, which, of course, would only be two stooges.
Williams issued a statement before the statement Thursday that was also not written in proper English. Or, rather, an apology on his Facebook page.
I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me. The thought of Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters.
This was Not written by some Publicist.
We know, Hank.
No word on what ESPN plans to do in the MNF opening yet.