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Hank Williams Jr. out on Monday Night Football

In this July 14, 2011, photo, Hank Williams

In this July 14, 2011, photo, Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of a promo for ESPN's broadcasts of "Monday Night Football," in Winter Park, Fla. ESPN is pulling Williams' classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night's NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars after the country singer famous for the line "Are you ready for some football?" used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama. Photo Credit: AP

Hank Williams Jr., a rowdy musical presence on "Monday Night Football" for two decades, no longer will be a part of the program after his controversial comments about President Barack Obama on Fox News on Monday.

ESPN, which pulled his pregame song from this week's telecast, released a statement Thursday that said: "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue."

On his website, Williams asserted it was his decision to end his association with the network.

"After reading hundreds of emails, 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."

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Williams compared Obama and House Speaker John Boehner playing a round of golf together to "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu [the Israeli prime minister]."

When a host asked Williams to clarify, he said, "They're the enemy. Obama. And Biden. Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."

Williams, 62, soon issued a statement saying his reference to Hitler was "extreme" and said he respects the office of the president.

On ABC and later ESPN, Williams had sung a version of his 1984 hit, "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" to include the line, "Are you ready for some football?"

The football will go on, but without him.

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