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PHOENIX - The iconic theme song for Monday Night Football was yanked from the broadcast after singer Hank Williams Jr. made controversial comments on national television early Monday.
The outspoken country singer was on the Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show when he began criticizing President Barack Obama for playing golf with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner last summer. The event was dubbed the "golf summit."
"It'd be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."
Williams also called the President the "enemy."
ESPN later released a statement saying,"While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
The song had been played before every MNF game for the last 20 years.
WIlliams also released a statement on his website defending and apologizing for his comments.
"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. 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.
"Every time the media brings up the tea party it's painted as racist and extremists -- but there's never a backlash -- no outrage to those comparisons… Working-class people are hurting -- and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job -- it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change."
Williams has expressed interest in running for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee as a Republican.