ESPN: We Fired Hank Hank: Yeah Right, I Quit

He said, she said ... either way, Hank Williams Jr. is out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM CDT
Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Fla., Thursday, July 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Did ESPN dump Hank Williams, Jr., or did the country artist ditch ESPN? Either way, the two have gone their separate ways. ESPN initially removed Williams' famous Monday Night Football intro ("Are you ready for some football?") after the singer compared President Obama to Hitler, but that appeared to be just a temporary suspension, notes Pro Football Talk. But today, the network announced its decision to "part ways" with Williams in a official statement.

But Williams, in a statement on his website, claims he was the one to pull the plug on ESPN's use of his song: "After reading hundreds of emails, I have made MY decision. 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.” Click for more from both statements.

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