Outspoken country star Hank Williams, Jr. has publicly apologized for comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a TV interview.
The fervent Republican took aim at the Democrat leader and his Vice-President Joe Biden during a chat on Fox morning show Fox & Friends on Monday - and his controversial remarks prompted ESPN TV sports network bosses to axe his Monday Night Football anthem, Are You Ready For Some Football?
Williams, Jr. attempted to explain himself in a statement later on Monday, insisting his comments had been "misunderstood", but now it seems he accepts he messed up.
A day after the controversy, Williams, Jr. issued a statement on his website, which reads, "I have always been very passionate about politics and sports and this time it got the best and worst of me.
"The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven (sic) on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone."
During his Fox & Friends interview, Williams, Jr. likened the President's recent golf outing with Republican House Speaker John Boehner to "Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."