Turns out LL isn't cool with being a guest on Sarah Palin's new Fox News TV show.
"Real American Stories," set to debut tonight (Hey, maybe this is all an elaborate April Fool's joke??) has widely advertised this week that Palin's first guests on the show will be actor/rapper LL Cool J and country singer Toby Keith. But that's stretching things a bit, since neither man agreed to be on the show or even knew they were being featured.
The LA Times reported that LL was surprised to learn yesterday that he was a "guest" on Palin's show and said on Twitter: "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" He reposted the tweet about a dozen times.
LL's publicist expanded on that: "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 re-purposed 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.”
That's the same thing happening with Toby Keith, who had no idea he was Palin's guest.
The New York Times talked to Keith's publicist who said: “I have no idea what interview they are using. Toby’s talked to Fox a number of times, and I had no idea that this was going to be on Sarah Palin’s special. Fox has never contacted me — not now, not when they were putting this together, not at all. I have no idea what they’re using.” Keith's publicist, Elaine Schock, believes the interview may have taken place in early 2009 and that the singer was "absolutely not" interviewed by Palin.
Read more from the New York Times article at their site.
Fox News says it has the right to use the footage, but since LL's tweet, they have announced they will remove him from the special. In their statement, they also wished him luck with his "fledgling acting career," which is funny since he's currently starring on one of the most popular TV shows in the country ("NCIS: Los Angeles").
But it sounds like the bottom line is, if you've ever given an interview to Fox News Channel, you too could be a "guest" on Sarah Palin's new show.
"Real American Stories with Sarah Palin" airs tonight on Fox News Channel at 10pm.