*Fox News has been called out by LL Cool J for grabbing a 2008 interview he gave to someone else at the network and sticking it into Sarah Palin’s upcoming series “Real American Stories.” [Scroll down to view clip.]
The network’s release for the show included the line, “Additionally, rapper and actor, LL Cool J, and the former chairman and CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, will both speak about their success in this country in a segment entitled, ‘In Their Own Words.'”
LL, currently starring on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” took to his Twitter account to set the record straight: “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else and are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s show. WOW,” he tweeted.
After hearing of LL’s frustration, Fox programmers pulled the segment from the show.
“‘Real American Stories’ features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria,” FNC head of programming Bill Shine said in a 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 series, which will air Thursday at 10, includes an interview with a stockbroker who donates much of his money to help kids go to college, and country singer Toby Keith.
Below, the original promo clip for “Real American Stories” including LL Cool J.