As you may have heard, country music lifer Hank Williams, Jr. has parted ways with Monday Night Football, the TV show he spent 20 years singing the intro for, just because he made a totally calm and reasonable parallel between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler. (He also compared John Boehner to Netanyahu? Whatever.) If you haven’t seen the clip of Williams crashing and burning on Fox And Friends, it’s absolutely worth your three minutes and 31 seconds, if only for the three anchors’ amazing facial expressions during the pivotal moment.
In any case, the suits at ESPN had the temerity to pull Old Bocephus from this week’s broadcast, and Williams has responded by splitting from the show forever, giving a weirdly capitalized statement about it: “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.” Indeed.
The saddest part of all this, of course, is that Williams’ MNF theme was so great! The random stock party footage? The thing where he works both teams’ names into the song? The entire concept of Williams and his rowdy friends? All irreplaceable. Thankfully, we still have plenty of cool, levelheaded musical types who could step into Hank’s shoes and cause no controversy at all. Here are a few of them.