Fox News drops LL Cool J from Palin's new show

Fox News Channel on Wednesday confirmed that it has edited out rapper and actor LL Cool J from the first episode of Sarah Palin's new show, "Real American Stories" after the musician complained that his appearance was misrepresented.

Fox featured LL (who's real name is James Smith) in promotional materials for the show, along with former GE CEO Jack Welch and country singer Toby Keith. But the footage of an interview that Smith gave to Fox News Channel (but not to Palin) was shot in 2008, for a separate purpose, and Smith was unaware that it had been repackaged and added to Palin's show.

LL 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 [sic] Show. WOW

In response to the comment, Fox New Channel issued the following statement Wednesday:

"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."

Smith (pictured here in a promotional photo) stars on NCIS: Los Angeles.