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Hank Williams Jr. will visit ‘The View’ to discuss controversial comments

Hank Williams Jr. will appear on “The View” on Tuesday to talk publicly for the first time about being dropped from ESPN as the voice of the “Monday Night Football” opening song. Williams — let go after he went on a Fox News Channel morning show and likened President Obama to Hitler — apparently liked what “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar had to say about the controversy, so he will be gracing the ABC talk show with his presence first.

“Whoopi and Joy understood what I was saying,” Williams wrote in a statement on his web site. “After watching the clip of their show, I knew I needed to talk to them first.”

During the morning chatfest, the co-hosts questioned whether Williams was truly comparing Obama to Hitler, and if ESPN had gone too far with its punishment.

Last Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Williams compared the recent “golf summit” between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever,” adding to that, “It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Surprised show host Brian Kilmeade asked Williams to explain, and Williams did: “They’re the enemy... Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

Ironically, “The View’s” network, ABC, is owned by Disney, as is Williams’s former employer, ESPN. And the singer’s appearance should bring in great ratings — so either way, Disney wins!

Williams will also appear on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Tuesday night. Here’s video of his original comment:

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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