LL Cool J: Fox News ‘Misrepresenting’ to Promote Sarah Palin

Mar 31, 2010 1:48pm

ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: Sarah Palin’s new show for Fox News hasn’t even debuted yet but it’s already stirring up criticism. On Wednesday, rapper and actor LL Cool J slammed the network after they advertised that an interview with him and other celebrities will be featured on Palin’s new show, “Real American Stories,” to air on Thursday. “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW,” tweeted LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith. Fox was quick to hit back. "Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria,” a Fox News spokesperson told TVNewser. “However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career." Palin’s new series, announced in January, explores inspirational stories about Americans who have overcome adversity. Other famous faces featured in the Fox News ad are country star Toby Keith and former GE chief executive Jack Welch.  Watch the Fox News ad: 
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Keith told PopEater the country singer was also caught off-guard.  "Toby was not asked to participate nor has he ever done an interview with Sarah Palin," his publicist Elaine Schock told PopEater. "FOX has never contacted me about this special. We found out about it yesterday."  Keith, like LL Cool J, says his interview was recorded in 2008. UPDATE #2: LL Cool J's spokesperson issued the following statement today: “Contrary to what was reported, LL COOL J was never scheduled to be a guest on 'Real American Stories' with Sarah Palin this week.  The show had planned to use an interview from 2008 that was being repurposed without LL’s permission.  This statement is not a reflection of any feelings LL has toward Fox News or Ms. Palin, whom he has never met, rather a clarification of what we have seen published in the media.”    

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