Hank Williams, Jr. is most known for the catch phrase “Are you ready for some football?” in his theme song for Monday Night Football. But on Fox and Friends Monday morning, the country music singer probably should have asked, “Are you ready for some controversy?”
In an awkward interview, co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Williams if he favored any Republican candidate for president. After saying “none,” Williams claimed his answer stemmed from seeing House Speaker John Boehner play golf with President Barack Obama. He elaborated on his thoughts, the Fox hosts seemed to become rather uncomfortable.
“Come on, come on, it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, ok?” he said. “Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country’s in, I mean, no, I don’t think so.”
That prompted Brian Kilmmeade to reply, “I don’t understand that analogy, actually.”
Williams continued: “Well, I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they’re the enemy. They’re the enemy.”
“Who’s the enemy?” Kilmmeade asked.
Williams yelled: “Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”
“That’s only two,” Steve Doocy chimed in.
Ultimately, Williams admitted that he did have one favorite in the GOP presidential field: Herman Cain.
Carlson added, “I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president.”
WATCH: Video from Fox News, which appeared on October 3, 2011.
Updated: ESPN has decided to remove Williams from its Monday Night Football intro for his comments on Fox & Friends.
“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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