Freshly ticked off from his Fox & Friends interview that led to ESPN pulling his “Are you ready for some football?” theme song from Monday Night Football, Williams’ has cut a new song, “Keep the Change,” calling out “Fox & Friends” and ESPN.
“I’ve been recording for five decades, and I knew that old over-the-fence feeling on this one,” Williams said in an interview Monday afternoon.
He also appeared on “The View” and “Hannity” Tuesday to discuss the uproar that sprung up after he made an analogy that President Barack Obama and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner golfing together was like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round.
It’s available for free for 48 hours at Williams’ website. There also are new “Hank Jr. for President” T-shirts for sale.
In the song, Williams says “Fox & Friends” hosts twisted his words: “So Fox ‘n Friends wanna put me down/Ask for my opinion/Twist it all around.” He finishes the verse: “Well two can play that gotcha game you’ll see.”
Early in the song, he says the U.S. is “going down the drain” and says it’s becoming “The United Socialist States of America.” He mentions keeping “Fox & Friends” and ESPN out of your home toward the end of the song.
Williams’ comments last Monday drew unlikely reactions with many commentators and comedians coming to his defense, claiming ESPN was infringing on his right to free speech. His defenders included Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar of “The View” and Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” and on the other side of the political landscape Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Of his appearance on “The View,” he said: ‘It’ll be pretty simple. I’m really looking forward to it. I guess it’s kind of like back to John Adams and Johnny Cash and The First Amendment and all that good American stuff.”
“Saturday Night Live” also did a comedy bit featuring the Williams interview—it was actually pretty close to what actually happened on Fox & Friends!
Meanwhile, ESPN used an intro featuring Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and soul singer Jimmy Scott prior to the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions game Monday night. The introduction will change each week.
RBR-TVBR observation: We really have to wonder why Fox & Friends had Williams on the show in the first place—he was asked to give his opinions on GOP Presidential candidates. We didn’t know Williams to be a political pundit. Nonetheless, it was a pretty good segment–he just said the wrong thing. The whole thing is a bit bizarre. Hank may end up a bit more of a hero than villain after all is said and done with this.