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ESPN to Hank Williams:

YOU'RE FIRED

10/6/2011 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hank Williams
The Monday Night party is over for Hank Williams ... ESPN has just fired the singer, days after he compared President Obama to Hitler.

ESPN had already pulled the song from Monday's game while they mulled Williams' fate -- but now, it's permanent.

ESPN released a statement, saying, "We appreciate his contributions over the past years.  The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."

As we previously reported, Williams went on Fox News earlier this week, and referred to Obama and Joe Biden as "the enemy."

He later called his comments "dumb" -- but never really apologized for saying them.

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151.

Media Observer    

ESPN is a disapointment. Hank has a right to an opinion and shame on ABC/Disney for sensoring this. Makes you wonder about freedom. But with what has happened to this country, guess we shouldn't be surprised.

1059 days ago
152.

Dave    

Looks like I'm done watching ESPN. Their own analyst have made worst statments and stayed around. This is the station that had that left wing bomb throughing keith olbermann on their stations for many years. That should have told us something about the way they think. Good Bye ESPN...

1059 days ago
153.

dimes    

Hank fully enjoyed his freedom of speech when he used the phrase, "They're the enemy." ESPN fully enjoyed its freedom of speech when it used the phrase, "You're fired." We're all fully enjoying our freedom of speech by making these comments, unless of course you use words that TMZ's autofilter combines into some kind of obscenity.

1059 days ago
154.

good as gold    

Look its simple people, pay attention. If you use the "n" word or use "hitler" in any analogy you will get in big trouble from any job as an employee, contractor, or sub-contractor. Freedom of speech in our constitution only prevents you from being persecuted and prosecuted by the government. Even Hank apologized for actions because he knew it was wrong. I dare any of you who dont think it was wrong to use the "n" word or "hitler" around management for the company you work for [at work or not] and you will find out you will be unemployed quickly. And as far as Hank getting fired thats false. He resigned and released the following statement "I have made my decision, me, my song, and all my rowdy friends are outta here". Thats a direct quote. It actually saved ESPN from firing him which ESPN has every right to do for that stupid comment.

1059 days ago
155.

3Storms    

Surprise liberals who called Bush Hitler all the time have a self-rightous anti-free-speech double-standard

1059 days ago
156.

JC    

I thought the south/ red states were so patriotic! I remember when the Dixie Chicks made comments about President Bush everyone was up in arms and the Dixie Chicks career was never the same. It is a freedom of speech issue when making disparaging comments about President Obama but unpatriotic when making comments about President Bush. Hypocrites/ Racists!

1059 days ago
157.

Shannon    

He should not have made the comments he did whether you agree with him or not. However, this is being blown waaaay out of proportion and this world is becoming too politically sensitive. Who hasn't said something that we wish we hadn't? Many of us do. Wouldn't want to be fired by it. Pretty soon we'll all just be afraid to speak and then our world would really be in trouble. We need to cool down a bit.

1059 days ago
158.

juju    

Small minded tea partying conservatives will NEVER understand the concept of free speech. And they think they have an understanding of the Constitution?? NOT...

If Hank's free speech was being violated, the govt would have come to get him and locked him up. They DID NOT - that is his right to free speech - get it now??

And...ESPN has the right to free speech also - it is every bit their right to fire him for being an obnoxious, bigoted, ignorant, racist. Free speech rights pertain to the GOVERNMENT - not free enterprise.

Get it now??

1059 days ago
159.

The Duke    

Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom to speak without consequences. Hank Williams had to be under the influence to no think that there would be consequences for such a tirade. Most people who watched the interview...even the idiots who agree with him...probably knew he was firing himself on national television.

1059 days ago
160.

shelly    

nor should he apologize

1059 days ago
161.

Tim Boomer631    

Good for Hank on making his comments known, typical ABC oversight over ESPN and not letting anyone badmouth Obama and his incompetence as being president of the USA. Maybe ESPN can get one of those liberals to do the opening for the game, not!

1059 days ago
162.

DB    

So I guess freedom of speech isn't really a freedom after all? That is pure unadulterated censorship my good folks coming from a president that is trying his damndest to ruin our constitution and the American people. Redistribution of wealth and all. I agree with Hank as do quite a few million more that are just plain afraid of backlash. You go Hank

1059 days ago
163.

kscores    

Typical corporate espn, you get a speeding ticket you are fired. I am tired of these guys, down with the Mother Ship!!!!

1059 days ago
164.

Nick    

The NFL makes a lot of money off the slave labor of black athletes!!!!!!!

P.S. Obama/Biden 2012!!!!!

1059 days ago
165.

CLINT    

For all of you who think that you can say anything you want without having any kind of backlash, you are crazy. Freedom of speech is a great thing, but when you use it to bash someone or say something that others don't agree with, maybe you should hold your tongue and think about how you're going to say it. Now go tell your boss you think of him the same as you think of Hitler. Ten minutes from now you will be in your car driving home and mumblig, "what about freedom of speech?"

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