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Hank Williams Jr. Fired by ESPN, Or Did He Quit?

EPSN fired Hank Williams Jr. on Thursday for his comments about President Barack Obama.

Or did Hank Williams quit?

ESPN announced it had "decided to part ways" with the country music star in the wake of his comments that appeared to compare President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

ESPN had already pulled Williams' musical intro from "Monday Night Football" on the back of his controversial appearance on FOX News Channel's "FOX & Friends" on Monday morning.
Despite Williams issuing an apology for his remarks, the network confirmed Thursday it was severing all ties with the 62 year old.

"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years," ESPN announced in a statement. "The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue."

But Williams had his own take.

“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," he said in a statement to FoxNews.com.

Williams landed himself in trouble during a "FOX & Friends" discussion on the June "Golf Summit" -- in which President Obama teed off with Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich.

Describing it as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever," Williams added, "Come on. Come on. It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."
Williams released a statement on his website Monday night saying his comments were "misunderstood," before offering an apology Tuesday.

"I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me," Williams said.

"The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone," he added. "I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist."

Williams' famous intro, which parodies the country star's hit "All My Rowdy Friends," was part of the "Monday Night Football" franchise for 20 years.

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