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Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Hank Williams Jr. fires back at Fox, ESPN with a song and talk-show appearances


(John Raoux / AP)

Hank Williams Jr. has returned to the studio and recorded a ditty with a message more breaky than achy for “Fox & Friends” and ESPN.

The song, called “I’ll Keep My ... ,” was cut after Williams and ESPN parted company because of Williams’ controversial analogy about President Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler on “Fox & Friends.” ESPN dropped Williams’s ”Monday Night Football” theme song last Monday after Williams made his remarks earlier in the day. Williams apologized, but both parties said they were ending their relationship on Thursday.

Williams isn’t stopping with songwriting or selling “Hank Jr. for President” T-shirts on his webite. He’s also hitting the talk shows this week, with appearances on “The View” and “Hannity” lined up.

Williams wrote the third verse of “I’ll Keep My ...” Friday morning and recorded it Friday afternoon. Sample lyrics, via the Associated Press: “So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around.”... “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.”

Since Williams and ESPN split late last week, a diverse group of pundits — Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Jon Stewart (watch here), Stephen Colbert (watch here), “Saturday Night Live,” Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh — have weighed in on whether dropping him from “MNF” was justified.

ESPN’s response is simply to move on. Because Williams owns all the rights to his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” — which has been the “MNF” theme since 1989 — ESPN needs a new intro and plans new ones each week, for now, as debate about what the song should be goes on. Tonight, in a marquee game matching the undefeated Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears, the network plans to feature Barry Sanders, the Lions’ Hall of Fame running back, and singer Jimmy Scott.

In case you need a refresher, here’s the “Fox & Friends” interview that started all this:

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