Faith Hill leaves ‘Sunday Night Football’

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When Sunday Night Football returns this fall on NBC, Faith Hill will not be there to sing the opening theme for the annual football program.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Hill decided to drop the gig after six seasons singing the reworked version of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You” since 2007. Faith Hill replaced Pink, who performed the theme song in 2006.

Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said in a statement: “Faith Hill is family to all of us at Sunday Night Football. For the last six seasons and two Super Bowls, her opening performance of ‘Waiting All Day’ set the tone for SNF and became a television staple. We will always be grateful for her performances and friendship. We wish Faith nothing but continued success.”

Hill addressed the news via Twitter early Monday, saying: “Amazing 2 have been part of SNF — an honor. I’ve just let everyone there know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open,” adding that it was a “difficult decision, kinda emotional.”

A replacement has not yet been named, although she/he should be ready to have thick skin. Hill’s opening stint has been parodied on South Park, a 2010 SNL episode with Jane Lynch, and a season four episode of 30 Rock.

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