ESPN fires Hank Williams from ‘Monday Night Football’

October 6th, 2011 - 10:24 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Oct 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Hank Williams has been fired from ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” following his comments on President Barack Obama on FOX recently. Williams has been with ESPN for the past two decades but the network announced on Thursday that they have parted ways.

Williams reacted to reports that he was fired from ESPN. Writing on personal website on Thursday after the announcement, Williams said he reflected on the incident and the numerous messages that he got and decided to resign.

On Monday, Williams was on FOX’s political show “Fox & Friends.” Without any prompt, Williams said that getting President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to agree on a political issue is “like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

When he was asked to clarify what he meant, Williams said that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are the “enemy.”

ESPN issued a statement on Monday ahead of the game between the Indianapolis and Tampa Bay. The statement said that, “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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