ESPN has pulled country singer Hank Williams Jr. from "Monday Night Football," but Williams says he quit.
The country singer and second generation legend got on ESPN's bad side with an ill-advised comparison of President Obama and Adolf Hitler during an appearance on Fox News. The drew a suspension of "All My Rowdy Friends" as the football game's opening song. Then, right around the time ESPN announced the suspension was permanent, Williams said he wasn't fired, he quit.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr," ESPN said in a statement. "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 own website, Williams said he was the one who made the decision.
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," he wrote. "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."
It started when Williams told the hosts of "Fox & Friends" that Obama's golf match with House Speaker John Boehner was "like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."
Williams' song has kicked off "Monday Night Football" since 1991 on both ESPN and ABC. The grammy winner is the son of the legendary country crooner Hank Williams.