10/12/2011 01:44 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

In Defense of Hank Williams, Jr.

Although it may pain me to do so, I feel I must defend Hank Williams, Jr.'s right to make an analogy that compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler (although between you and me, Hank, if you'd just substituted a DIFFERENT tyrant -- say, Mussolini... or... Stalin... or Naomi Campbell, I bet the reaction wouldn't have been so severe.)

Let me also say that I'm sorry ESPN parted ways with Williams after his remarks, although not being a sports fan, I've never actually seen his work on that channel. Frankly, I'd rather go through menopause again than watch football on TV. But that's just me.

But in defending Williams' right to speak his mind, I must also defend ESPN's right to part company with him. ESPN is a business and businesses have the right to fire employees.

And finally, I have the right to commission Williams, Jr. to write a song for his upcoming appearance on my show. And you can get a sneak preview (shameless plug) right here: