LL Cool J Upset Over Use of Old Interview to Promote New Sarah Palin Show

By Miles Bennett  |  04/01/2010

LL Cool JFox News and Sarah Palin have been heavily promoting a TV show called "Real American Stories: Hosted By Sarah Palin." But, one musician isn't feeling the way they're doing it.

LL Cool J is upset at both Fox and Palin for using footage of a 2008 interview in its promotion of the former Alaska governor's upcoming television special.

"Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else and are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW," the rapper tweeted (@LLCoolJ) earlier this week.

The show promotion features an announcer saying, "They're famous faces. Now hear the real story behind their incredible lives."

The controversy over the use of the old interview has caused Fox to pull the footage. A spokesperson for the network tells CNN they decided to cut LL's interview because he doesn't want to be associated with the program.

"Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria," the spokesperson said. "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.

"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," the statement continued.

In addition to LL, the show features country music star Toby Keith and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

The special is set to air Thursday (April 1) at 10 pm EST on Fox.