In 2008 FOX News interviewed James Todd Smith, aka LL Cool J, for a segment it was planning to air on “people who have overcome adversity and more.” FOX told LL Cool J that the interview was planned as a segment for “Real American Stories.”
LL Cool J— not so cool.
Yesterday, after finding out Sarah Palin would be hosting the show the fledgling actor whined on Twitter:
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“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.”
Today FOX rapped Cool J:
Popular conservative blogger Allahpundit tweaked liberals who accuse Tea Party supporters of racist sympathies, saying they’ll be “shocked to find the alleged Grand Dragon of the tea-party movement making chitchat with a hip-hop legend.”
The problem is that no such chitchat was produced for the Palin show. LL Cool J, star of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” tweeted Tuesday night: “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.”
When contacted by Yahoo! News for comment, a Fox News spokesperson explained that LL Cool J had been informed in 2008 that the interview was planned as a segment for “Real American Stories”–though of course the network couldn’t have known at the time that Palin would be hosting. The Fox spokesperson also provided us with a statement:
“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.“
LL, you are just too cool.