As The Blaze reported Monday morning, Hank Williams Jr. — the iconic country singer known for his “Monday Night Football” jingle — delivered an awkward interview to Fox News in which he made a Hitler reference. Now, that has led the network to pull the opening before Monday’s game.
In a statement on the company’s website, it said it was “disappointed” with his comments.
“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,” the statement says. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Below is the exchange that got the crooner in trouble:
HANK WILLIAMS: Remember the golf game?
STEVE DOOCY: Boehner?
HANK WILLIAMS: That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever.
HANK WILLIAMS: That turned a lot of people off. You know, watching, you know, it just didn’t go over.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: You mean when John Boehner played golf with President Obama?
HANK WILLIAMS: Oh, yeah! Yeah. And Biden and Kasich, yeah. Uh-huh.
GRETCHEN CARLSON: What did you not like about it? It seems to be a really pivotal moment for you.
HANK WILLIAMS: Come on. Come on. It would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, OK?
Watch the exchange here.
The comments led to host Gretchen Carlson “disavowing” the comments immediately after the interview.
And in case the tune (which has been used for over 20 years) is unfamiliar to you, this is what football fans won’t be hearing on Monday (although the intros change slightly every year, the tun remains the same):
What do you think?