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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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Nick    

Does the tea party hate black people?

1011 days ago
167.

David    

He should sue the shti out of ESPoliticallycorrectN. Wait I forgot, whites have no civil rights in this country... were being exterminated.

1011 days ago
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TOM    

Freedom of speech means you can say what you want and not get arrested. However, if you represent a company, the rules tend to be a little more strict. People need to learn that. Say whatever you want, but there will be consequences from your employer in some cases.

1011 days ago
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Tim    

Love everyone crying about free speech. He didn't get arrested. Free speech does not mean there aren't consequences for what you say. I'm sure none of you have free speech at work unless you work for yourself. Espn, as his employer, has no duty to keep him. He is an at will employee

1011 days ago
170.

Sue    

Wasn't George Bush bashed repeatedly and called all kinds of names, without any ramifications. Seems to me it was ok to to make disrespectful comments about him. Hmmmm....this smacks of censorship to me!

1011 days ago
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KIMMY    

I find it really strange how NOBODY can say any thing about this man in office ,Oprah got him in with all of her money and buddies from holly weird . He is not a good president. You cant even say that any more. Hank spoke out and now lost contracts and thats money. We are all being controlled by this government now. Obama is evil. oh if your black dont worry the poor blacks can say what ever the hell they want ,its all good . You see it. Imus was fired for joking saying nappy headed ho jokingly. The blacks say worse all of the time i see it on tv. There alot of trash out there that needs to go. This is unfair and i hope people wont put up with this. Then maybe now its to late. Barbra Walters said the N word after the fat black women said it then got jumped all over by this girl. HA! Its all sick and to me its cause Hank is considered a red neck and Obama is black. Get it! I do.

1011 days ago
172.

mj    

For those of you saying "free speech is dead". It's not dead, he was free to say whatever he liked and his employer was free to fire him if they felt his comments were disrespectful. He wasn't arrested or made to be silent. He made a comment that many people found offensive and now he is FREE to live with the consequences. THAT is America!

1011 days ago
173.

Robin    

Nicely done, ESPN!

1011 days ago
174.

Patrick    

People said stupid stuff about Bush and were also fired.

My issue, he openly does not support bipartisanship I’m personally tired of this crap. I have NO problem with people disliking a president and I support opposition. That’s what keeps ALL of our law makers in check but develop a real reason for the dislike and express it with class and taste. Calling the President an “enemy” with the tone of a drunken homeless person shows no class and I’m not shocked E.S.P.N. would distance themselves from this behavior on either side of the political spectrum. Democrat or Republican, the political opposition is not the your “enemy”.

We as Americans have focused far too long on the “my guy did this, well your guy did that” instead of seeing the real point. The real point with this situation is he made an issue of two leaders of a different political parties playing golf together and used the “Hitler” word to describe one of the individuals. It doesn’t matter if he is conservative or liberal this type of non-bipartisanship stave have become very disgusting in modern politics on both sides.

You can also bet that Fox and Friends will not have him on the their show anytime soon either.

1011 days ago
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KIMMY    

This is not disrespect, they let Michael Moore who is from Canada make crazy movies that did not make any point at all against G.W. But if any one says any thing boo kiss my ass or any negative thing against him there ousted ? Imus got fired for saying nappy headed ho its all a black thing this country now is so afraid of the black people,s pity party from the 1700,s that we jump and make a rash choice. Hank is America he spoke out and now he is with out! What happened here?

1011 days ago
176.

johnnyray    

They only fired him because the Nazis were going to boycott espn unless he apologized for comparing them to Obama

1011 days ago
177.

Linda    

What a cave man.I am a Jew, so all references comparing Hitler to anyone are an I sult to the Jewish race. President Obama is a good man, a family man, and is trying to do the best for our country, even though he is barred at every positive step by self serving Republicans, whose only priority is to defeat Present.Obama in 2012. These obstructionists are bought and sold by Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Bros., et.al. Mr UGLY H.Williams Jr., you are rich, have a job, and are probably a racist and obviously so, and and anti-Semite also. Plus you are ugly. Go crawl back under your rock, and keep your disgusting hairy faced mouth shut.You are a NOBODY!!!!!

1011 days ago
178.

JC    

The red states/ south claim to be so patriotic. When the Dixie Chicks made comments about President Bush everyone was up in arms and their career never recovered. They had to do a Barbara Walters or 20/20 special defending themselves. Their comments were no where near as bad as this good old boy's comments. Hypocrites/ Racists

1011 days ago
179.

juju    

Kimmy -
Michael Moore is from Flint Michigan - get your facts straight.
Other than that, your posts make no sense. Maybe some English/Grammar classes are needed? Or maybe that's what happens when you are addicted to FOX News.

Perfect example of why we need to invest more in education in America.

1011 days ago
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good as gold    

Pay attention people. Just because the headline says Hank Jr was fired, doesnt mean you should believe it. Do some research. Hank Jr actually 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. Sheep! LMAO

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