Faith Hill has assured NBC that she will not jeopardise her relationship with the network by making any divisive political comments. The statement comes following the dramatic axing of singer Hank Williams Jr’s theme song from Monday Night Football broadcasts.
ESPN cut the song, which has opened the show for the past twenty years, and any association with Williams, following remarks the singer made on Fox News comparing a golf game between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to a golf game between Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He went on to say of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden: “They’re the enemy.”
But Hill, 44, who performs the Sunday Night Football theme song that opens the broadcast on NBC, vowed not to make the same mistake as Williams.
“Be rest assured. I didn’t get where I am by knowing anything about politics. Or by having an opinion about anything. I’m all about making extremely crap country music,” Hill told ThePublicApology from her Nashville home.
NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus also reassured Sunday Night Football fans: “She knows nobody wants to hear anything about what she thinks.”
“She was chosen to perform the theme song because she’s hot, white and got big tits. Any other considerations pale in comparison to that,” Lazarus told ThePublicApology from his yacht.
Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and colour-man Cris Collinsworth were also quick to release statements assuring fans they wouldn’t be making any controversial remarks about politics. Their statements were prompted by Hill’s remarks, and accusations they’ve been drifting off topic during recent Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
Two weeks ago during the clash between Atlanta and Green Bay, Michaels and Collinsworth spent much of the third-quarter discussing literature. Collinsworth professed his love for The Great Gatsby, while Michaels countered that the novel was over-rated and that the greatest American novel was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
“You cannot be serious,” a passionate Collinsworth countered. “You like a kids book over one of the most exhaustive examinations of the American Dream in the history of literature?”
The heated literary discussion went on for several more minutes, prompting many fans to switch channels.
Joe Gropp of Straw Hills, Ohio, when asked about the non-football related digression, expressed a common sentiment: “It didn’t faze me, to be honest.”
“Those two eggheads have contributed little to my understanding of the game anyway. Most Sunday nights, I just put the pictures on and turn down the sound.”
By Nick Gordon