Really, don’t. Because Fox News Channel has dropped a planned segment featuring LL Cool J from its Thursday night Sarah Palin-hosted special, “Real American Stories.”
Fox News opted to can the piece after the hip-hop artist-turned-actor sent the above Tweet (“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”).
Of course, TV hosts frequently don’t conduct the actual interviews that appear on their shows — Palin and Fox News weren’t necessarily pulling a fast one on him. And although it’s a little unusual to dust off a two-year-old interview for a new special, it’s not unheard of. Fox News never said Palin actually interviewed LL, only that he would appear in the special.
On the flip side, it might have been nice if the channel would have given him or his people a head’s up that this long-shelved interview was finally airing — and on a Sarah Palin special, to be specific. Who wants to see a two-year old interview anyway?
After LL’s tweet, Fox News couldn’t help but send out a statement (found on TV Newser) dripping with passive aggressiveness:
“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.”
The actor probably doesn’t need those well wishes; his “NCIS: Los Angeles” is TV’s most-watched new drama — with 16.2 million average viewers — and second overall, behind “Undercover Boss.”
What’s unusual in all this is that LL Cool J, who once rapped that he was an independent, has supported Republicans (including former New York governor George Pataki) in the past and has attended the Republican National Convention.
“Real American Stories” airs Thursday night on Fox News at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Special also features country singer Toby Keith and former GE honcho Jack Welch, as well as stories of non-famous Americans. (According to HitFix, Keith — who, in another shocker, apparently is a registered Democrat — has also registered his concerns with appearing on the program.)