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article imageHank Williams Jr. on Disney: 'Mickey is a mean mouse'

By Michael Krebs     Oct 12, 2011 in Entertainment
In an appearance on ABC's 'The View,' Hank Williams Jr defended his reference to Hitler in comments made on Fox News that have since cost him his job with Walt Disney's ESPN network.
Country music artist Hank Williams Jr. appeared on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday to defend comments he made on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" that have ushered him out of a high-profile job performing introductory songs for ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Williams was remarking on footage he had seen of President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) playing golf together. The analogy used by Williams was that of "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu."
The commentary resulted in an immediate response from ESPN, as the network promptly removed the Hank Williams Jr. introductory segments from all Monday Night Football games.
"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," ESPN said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.
The country music singer openly opposed his termination by ESPN and issued a new song condemning Fox and ESPN on the controversy, as Digital Journal reported.
Williams was unapologetic in his appearance on "The View," saying his comment was merely an analogy taken too far.
"The bottom line folks is Mickey is a mean mouse," Williams said. "And he has stepped in to that pile at ESPN."
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