[artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist] took to his Twitter account to make it clear that despite the advertisements that make it seem otherwise, he is not going to appear on Sarah Palin’s “Real American Stories” show, set to debut on the Fox News Channel on Thursday (April 1).
“Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s Show. WOW,” Uncle L tweeted.
LL and Toby Keith were among the celebrities appearing in an advertisement for the new show that highlights individuals who have triumphed over adversity.
On Wednesday, Cool J’s camp released a statement to MTV News further clarifying the rap legend’s stance.
“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.”
In a statement sent to the New York Times, Fox News said they decided to edit LL out of the show.
“‘Real American Stories’ features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria,” Fox said in the 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.”
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