Shalom Life | March 05, 2015

Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN Bid it Fair Adieu

The network will no longer use the singer's "All My Rowdy Friends" to open "Monday Night Football".

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: October 6th, 2011 in Culture » TV » News

Hank Williams Jr. and ESPN Bid it Fair Adieu
All My Rowdy Friends will no longer be coming over for “Monday Night Football". ESPN has decided to end its association with Hank William Jr., pulling the plug on the longtime theme song that opened televised football games.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue," ESPN said Thursday in a statement.

All this comes in the wake of comments Williams made Monday morning on the Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, regarding President Obama’s round of golf with House Speaker John A. Boehner.

"It'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” opined Williams.

When one of the show hosts did not comprehend the analogy, Williams continued shoving his foot in mouth.

“I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy: Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

Evidently ESPN was not impressed by Williams’ opinions, as it promptly declined to use the aforesaid song in Monday evening’s show.

On his website, Williams claims that the decision to part ways with ESPN was his alone.

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, 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.”

Williams first adapted the lyrics of his song for "Monday Night Football" in 1989.
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