Hank Williams Jr – Legendary country singer Hank Williams Jr. managed to steal the show at Wednesday night’s CMT taping of its annual Artists of the Year event. He did it by walking offstage right in the middle of his duet with CMT honoree Jason Aldean.
Williams’ publicist said the reason for his departure was: “He didn’t feel like he was giving an adequate performance while joining Jason on his song, Tattoos on This Town.”
And Williams clarified it all further in a statement to Country Weekly today: “I’ve heard people mess up my songs and screw up Hank Williams Sr. songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.”
Aldean, who is one of CMT’s five honored artists of 2011, ended up performing a second run-through of the song by himself. The show airs Dec. 13. at 9 p.m. ET.
From 1989 until October 2011, a version of his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was used as the opening for broadcasts of Monday Night Football.
Williams made an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, and in reference to a June golf game where President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner had teamed against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich, offered the opinion that match was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
Asked about why that golf game disturbed him, Williams said, “Come on. That’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. ”
He also compared the President and Vice President to the Three Stooges. As a result of his statements, ESPN dropped Williams’ opening musical number from its Monday Night Football broadcast of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Indianapolis Colts and replaced it with the national anthem.