For the first time in 20 years, the strains of "Are You Ready" will not open the Monday Night Football broadcast because of singer Hank Williams, Jr.'s comments comparing President Obama to Hitler.
Discussing politics for some reason on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning, Williams criticized House Speaker John Boehner for playing golf with Obama.
"You remember the golf game they had? That was one of the biggest political mistakes ever. That turned a lot of people off. It just didn't go over," he said.
When asked to elaborate, Williams said, "Come on, come on, that would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. In the shape this country is in?"
When co-host Brian Kilmeade said he didn't understand the analogy, Williams said, "I'm glad you don't brother, because a lot of people do. They're the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges."
He didn't say who the third stooge is.
Co-host Gretchen Carlson gave Williams a chance to backtrack, saying, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in the entire world to describe the President..."
Instead, the New York Daily News reports that Williams smirked and said, "Well that's true. But I'm telling you like it is."
In response, ESPN released the following statement:
"While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
"Are You Ready" has been a mainstay of Monday Night Football first on ABC and then on ESPN since the 1991 season.