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Hank Williams Jr. likens Obama to Hitler; ESPN yanks him from ‘Monday Night Football’

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Updated: October 3, 2011 5:42PM

Country singer Hank Williams Jr., known for performing the opening act on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” has gotten himself into hot water.

Appearing on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning to talk politics and the upcoming presidential race, Williams ripped the Republican candidates and then said House majority leader John Boehner’s golf outing with President Obama was a big mistake.

Asked what was wrong with the game, Williams responded: “Come on, come on, that would be like [Adolph] Hitler playing golf with [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” he said. “In the shape this country is in?”

Fox host Brian Kilmeade said he didn’t understand the analogy, and Williams Jr. replied: “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.”

After hearing about the appearance, ESPN released this statement: “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.”


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