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Palin's Fox Show Misrepresented Him, LL Cool J Says; Fox Then Cuts Him

Rapper/actor LL Cool J let it be known today that he didn't like the way Fox News was promoting tomorrow night's Real American Stories with Sarah Palin special, in part by saying that he would be included in the show. So, he tweeted this:

"Fox lifted interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & R misrepresenting to public 2 promote Palins Show."

Which led to this announcement from Fox, in a statement sent to our NPR colleague David Folkenflik and other reporters:

"Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria. 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."

That "Mr. Smith" would be LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith). And as for his "fledgling acting career," the CBS-TV show he stars in — NCIS Los Angeles — is only one of the most watched programs on TV, and a big hit for the network.

As David has reported before, Fox is not shy about firing back at those who believes have done it wrong.

As for the Palin special, here's a link to the Fox promotional video — which now makes no mention of LL Cool J (or "Mr. Smith), as a previous promo did.