Hank Williams Jr. Gets Revenge Against FOX, ESPN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hank Williams Jr. is about to have his say.

Williams’ has cut a new song “I’ll Keep My …,” calling out “Fox & Friends” and ESPN after an interview last week on the Fox News talk show led to the end of his association with the sports network and “Monday Night Football,” long home to his “Are you ready for some football?” theme.

He’s also scheduled to appear on “The View” and “Hannity” on Tuesday to discuss the uproar that sprung up after he made an analogy that President Barack Obama and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner golfing together was like Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round.

ESPN decided to pull Williams’ intro from last Monday’s “MNF” telecast after the comments and the move became permanent Thursday when both sides said they’d decided to pull the spot.

Williams wrote the topical third verse of “I’ll Keep My …” when he woke up Friday morning and he and a group of players laid it down in a Nashville studio by Friday afternoon. It could be on iTunes late Monday or early Tuesday.

In the song Williams, son of country music icon Hank Williams, says “Fox & Friends” hosts twisted his words: “So Fox `n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around.” He finishes the verse: “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.”

Early in the song, he says the U.S. is “going down the drain” and says it’s becoming “The United Socialist States of America.” He mentions keeping “Fox & Friends” and ESPN out of your home toward the end of the song.

Williams’ comments last Monday drew unlikely reactions with many commentators and comedians coming to his defense, claiming ESPN was infringing on his right to free speech. His defenders included the left-leaning Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of “The View” and Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” and on the other side of the political landscape Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

The brouhaha prompted Williams also to start selling “Hank Jr. for President” T-shirts on his website.

Williams’ theme song has been part of “MNF” since 1989. The song was a version of his hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” that he altered to match each week’s game. He owns the song and all the rights to it, so ESPN will not be able to use it in any way.

Instead, the network says it will use an intro featuring Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and soul singer Jimmy Scott prior to the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions game Monday night. The introduction will change each week.

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  • bob

    Hank Williams= idiot………..dont like him, never did. Hank take that song of yours and stick it. You should be happy you have the freedom to earn a good living and insult the sitting President. You owe him an apology, but in your world, you think you are above all………..

    • Mike

      I think is BS that you get canned for you beliefs. FOX has stupid lobbiest at the white house who probably told them to pull ESPN had to pull the song. Suck BS. Where’s FREEDOM OF SPEACH? He’s 100% that this country is turning into a Socialist Country. And voted for Obama.

      • Ruben

        The first amendment protects form government persecution, not a pink slip.

  • Linda B

    HANK WILLIAMS is number 1 in my book. He was right for saying that because its FREEDOM OF SPEECH. What are they stopping that too!!!!!!! What about with ex-president Bush they called him a devil. So I am a hundred percent behind or I should say next to HANK WILLIAMS.

    • Spoon

      You should really learn what freedom of speech means, it might prevent you from looking like a total dope next time. Probably not though…

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        I especially like her use of GOB’s “The Nitwit” above. Would his “The Nitwit” happen to be friends with Dan’s Hockey Gay?

        This entire thread is giving me visuals of a Mexican Birthday Party… A bunch of people bashing a pinata…

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      Hank exercised his rights to free speech… and the networks exercised their rights to no longer do business with him.

      Linda- who is “they”? And who cares? “They” didn’t likely have a royalties deal where they were dusted off to do 17-20 “market-specifics” once a year for six or seven digits. I can’t imagine how much his lack of judgment is going to cost him in the long run.

      Quit posting on the interwebs and go polish your gun rack.

    • George Oscar Bluth

      Linda B, please stop what you’re doing and head directly to the nearest 7th grade civics classroom. You need a lesson in what “free speech” is and how it is protected and in what context. A sneak preview of what you’ll learn? A private corporation (ESPN, which is controlled by one of the most conservative corporations in the world) decided it was in its best corporate interest (i.e., profit margins) to cut ties with someone on its payroll who said something incredibly ignorant. This isn’t a Constitutional issue, nitwit.

      • clarkwgriswold

        Linda B –

        “Why does american people” really?

        That should read “why do American people”

        Freedom of speech and proper grammar don’t coincide I see

      • Denver Deadite

        “I wasn’t going to reply but your the NITWIT,”

        You should have stopped while you were ahead, because you truly have NFC what the 1st Amendment (or likely any of the other Amendments) actually says.

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        You can say it’s “freedom of speech”, but that simply means you’re protected LEGALLY- not in terms of business.

        He wasn’t arrested for what he said. That’s where the protection ends. Here is a hypothetical: I’ll type slow so you can understand:

        Say, Linda, that you like to shop at Lane Bryant. Then the CEO of Lane Bryant said that the people that shopo there are fat sweaty pigs.

        Is he going to get arrested for saying something so stupid? No.
        Is he likely to lose his job? Probably.

        Is that easier for you?

      • LB

        I wasn’t going to reply but your the NITWIT, you must be a KISS ass for obama and everyone around you. I STILL SAY ITS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Why does american people have to be quiet for NITWITS like you you should go back to 7th grade. And I bet your mother or father never taught you manners.

      • Denver Deadite

        Worse, Linda is probably one of those who thought that the Payton biography shouldn’t have been allowed to be published.

  • Denver Deadite

    Writes a song to get ‘revenge’ against Faux News… and then makes another appearance on Faux News.

    I’m not sure who’s worse in this situation: Faux or the cracker.

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      I was thinking about that myself. This feud might be more entertaining than anything rap has had to offer in the last 7-8 years. I mean, Hank is already spitting out diss tracks!

      • clarkwgriswold

        A wise man once said, stay away from a white man in a cowboy hat that still calls his father “daddy”

  • Randy

    Hank a selfish capitalist capitalizing on his own stupidity. Only in America

  • suck it, trebek

    i’ll miss the girls from those opening spots. Guess I’ll just watch the game from tilted kilt from now on.

  • Dennis Rutherford

    In your side bar you have Hank Williams, Jr. Writes Anti-Fox News/ESPN Song . How about being just a tad more accurate ? Williams song bemoans FOX and FRIENDS as well as ESPN an ABC subsidary. He has issues with the smaller entity not the parent company. Accuracy and facts count gang !

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