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Hank Jr. writes song about 'Fox & Friends,' ESPN

By Chris Talbott

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Hank Williams Jr. is about to have his say.

Williams' has cut a new song "I'll Keep My ...," calling out "Fox & Friends" and ESPN after an interview last week on the Fox News talk show led to the end of his association with the sports network and "Monday Night Football," long home to his "Are you ready for some football?" theme.

He's also scheduled to appear on "The View" and "Hannity" on Tuesday to discuss the uproar that sprung up after he made an analogy that President Barack Obama and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner golfing together was like Nazi leader Adolph Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round.

ESPN decided to pull Williams' intro from last Monday's "MNF" telecast after the comments and the move became permanent Thursday when both sides said they'd decided to pull the spot.

Williams wrote the topical third verse of "I'll Keep My ..." when he woke up Friday morning and he and a group of players laid it down in a Nashville studio by Friday afternoon. It could be on iTunes late Monday or early Tuesday.

In the song Williams, son of country music icon Hank Williams, says "Fox & Friends" hosts twisted his words: "So Fox 'n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around." He finishes the verse: "Well two can play that gotcha game you'll see."

Early in the song, he says the U.S. is "going down the drain" and says it's becoming "The United Socialist States of America." He mentions keeping "Fox & Friends" and ESPN out of your home toward the end of the song.

Williams' comments last Monday drew unlikely reactions with many commentators and comedians coming to his defense, claiming ESPN was infringing on his right to free speech. His defenders included the left-leaning Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of "The View" and Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" and on the other side of the political landscape Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

The brouhaha prompted Williams also to start selling "Hank Jr. for President" T-shirts on his website.

Williams' theme song has been part of "MNF" since 1989. The song was a version of his hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" that he altered to match each week's game. He owns the song and all the rights to it, so ESPN will not be able to use it in any way.

Instead, the network says it will use an intro featuring Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and soul singer Jimmy Scott prior to the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions game Monday night. The introduction will change each week.




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vegaaspoidog wrote:
Hank Who?
on October 10,2011 | 04:52AM
BigWooly wrote:
So glad he's gone!
on October 10,2011 | 05:17AM
honokai wrote:
who cares? --- when friends come over to watch the game --- no guy in his right mind would tell his buddies that the game is being boycotted because of some spineless executive over at ESPN --- oh, well --- sucks to be them ---- now get me my beer
on October 10,2011 | 05:52AM
stanislous wrote:
Wow, Left and Right wingers agreeing with Hank. Seems you can have Free Speech... just as long as it's PC and agrees with me".
on October 10,2011 | 06:04AM
jimbone wrote:
Please, someone get him a tissue......crybaby!!!!!
on October 10,2011 | 07:43AM
Anonymous wrote:
United Socialist States of America -- how true.
on October 10,2011 | 08:03AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Definitely the direction America is heading.
on October 10,2011 | 08:24AM
kainalu wrote:
on October 10,2011 | 08:13AM
BigOpu wrote:
Hank can say whatever the hell he feels like. Just don't be crying about the consequences. He's a nobody anyway.
on October 10,2011 | 08:18AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hank Jr.,got a break on the coat tail of the icon, Hank sr.
on October 10,2011 | 08:26AM
maafifloos wrote:
Trailer park trash (ESPN format). I notice some local sports are trying to copy this format too with all the yelling and antics. Yuk, don't need that on the news.
on October 10,2011 | 08:27AM
wayam wrote:
It was a great intro song, but it had a long run and was starting to get old. Besides, we tune in to watch the game, so this news is just background noise.
on October 10,2011 | 10:06AM
Lanikaula wrote:
i thought democracy meant governed by the 'consensus' of the people and the people had the right to 'free speech'? and that free speech IS about social skills and pride? what's wrong with taking care your fellow man? isn't that what being 'social' means? Isn't that what america wants their image to the world to be? Hell, you pay the gov't for these 'social' services w/taxes! is being social profanity?just the word 'social' taken out of education seems to bring the paranoia out in americans...remember Social Studies taught in school? not anymore, its geography studies now. So yeah, Hank sing on, but w/o your FELLOW man, albeit a Socialist, Left, Right, Black, Yellow, or Green! Who going buy your song so that you CAN afford the convenience of your own studio to get your message out so socialist people like yourself CAN agree to disagree. i don't see THAT ability for the average 'joe' in China, Middle-East, OR most of what is FREE in this world ever happening. you'd be part of the next BODIES exhibit somewhere in the world or the morgue with your song about free speech!
on October 10,2011 | 10:59AM
nanakuli32 wrote:
Wow lesson learn watch what you say. But i guess he's a slow learner lol. It was fun to hear him. But no big loss.GOD BLESS EVERYONE HAVE A NICE DAY
on October 11,2011 | 08:48AM
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