March 31st, 2010
06:09 PM ET
13 years ago

LL Cool J upset with Palin, Fox

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="LL Cool J is taking aim at Fox and Sarah Palin. "]

(CNN) - Rapper LL Cool J appears to be upset with Sarah Palin and Fox news for using footage of a 2008 interview in its promotion for the former Alaska governor's upcoming television special.

"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," the musician, whose real name is James Todd Smith, tweeted on Tuesday night.

A promotion for the show - called "Real American Stories: Hosted by Sarah Palin" - features an announcer saying, "They're famous faces. Now hear the real story behind their incredible lives."

In addition to LL Cool J, country music star Toby Keith and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch are pictured.

Update 6:09 p.m.: A Fox News spokesperson has given CNN a statement about the network's decision not to use the LL Cool J interview in Palin's show. “Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria," the spokesperson says in the written statement. "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.” The Fox spokesperson added: “Fox News did not commit to restrictions on its interview with Mr. Smith so therefore the network did not need his permission to use the interview in this program.”

Related on the CNN Marquee blog: LL Cool J never scheduled to appear on Palin's show

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Tony

    He's still around?

    Well I guess he's trying desperately to hang on to the little relevance he has left by whining about some TV special's promotion.

    March 31, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. ATL Guy

    I saw the promo and was kind of shocked when I saw LL Cool J. The first thing I found odd about the commercial was the fact that Fox News hired Palin to be an "analyst" and then they put her on this variety kind of show. Seems as if she couldn't make the cut to explain the Republican position so they put her into a "safe" role. Even Bill O'Reilly has challenged her stupidity on his show and I believe that the Fox folks are begining to realize that there's not a lot going on upstairs for Sarah. So give her something that she possible can't mess up: give her a variety show where she doesn't have to talk about politics.

    March 31, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. lisa

    Typical of Fox

    March 31, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Larry

    That's not unusual for Fox, the network who mercilessly gives us Glenn Beck every night.

    Fox isn't even serious news reporting. I could get more meaningful news from the National Enquirer.

    March 31, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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