Hank Williams Jr. is not taking his recent firing from ESPN lying down -- not that anyone was expecting a graceful exit.
The country star has recorded a new song in retaliation for an interview on Fox & Friends that prompted ESPN to pull Williams Jr.'s intro from the Monday Night Football telecast. In the nixed intro -- which opened MNF since 1991 -- Williams performs a variation of his song All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.
The latest song, Keep The Change, was not scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but is now available for download on the singer's Web site.
In his Oct. 3 appearance on Fox & Friends, Williams Jr. said Speaker of the House John Boehner's June golf game with President Obama was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.
That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, Williams Jr. added. He also said that President Obama and Vice President Biden were the enemy, likening them to The Three Stooges before one commentator pointed out the mathematical discrepancy in the analogy.
That same evening, ESPN declined to air the Hank Williams Jr. segment on MNF, and on Oct. 6 announced that it had severed its working relationship with the country singer. But Williams Jr. insists the decision was his.
After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision, he wrote on his Web site. 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.
Keep the Change is a musical accusation that Fox News done him wrong.
So Fox 'n Friends wanna put me down/ Ask for my opinion/ Twist it all around, the song goes. Well two can play that gotcha game you'll see/Don't tread on me.
The song also addresses Williams Jr.'s belief that the U.S. is becoming The United Socialist States of America and that the country sure as hell is going down the drain.
According to the Associated Press, Williams Jr. wrote the verse when he woke up Friday morning and recorded it in a Nashville studio that afternoon.
Williams Jr. is expected to discuss the new song during appearances on The View and Hannity Tuesday. Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar defended the singer in an earlier broadcast of The View (watch it here):
“Whoopi and Joy understood what I was saying,” Williams wrote on his web site. “After watching the clip of their show, I knew I needed to talk to them first.”
Williams Jr. does in fact have a publicist. The day after he made the Obama-Hitler gaffe on “Fox & Friends,” he made a statement via his publicist that functioned as a lukewarm aplogy.
“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” the statement read.” My analogy was extreme -- but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me -- how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president.
“Keep the Change” is now available for free limited-time download on www.hankjr.com.
Watch the “Saturday Night Live” parody of Williams Jr.’s “Fox & Friends” fallout here.