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Fox News, Sarah Palin fake LL Cool J, Toby Keith interviews for 'Real American Stories'


Toby Keith (right) and LL Cool J say they never talked to Sarah Palin or agreed to be on her show. (AP Photos)

Sarah Palin's new Fox News series is called "Real American Stories" but a couple of the interviews were fake. The network advertised segments featuring LL Cool J and Toby Keith, but neither of them ever spoke to Palin or agreed to be part of her show.

When LL Cool J saw old footage of himself spliced into Fox commercials for the new show, he tweeted:

Fox lifted interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & R misrepresenting to public 2 promote Palins Show

Hours later, country singer Keith said the same thing had happened to him. His publicist, Elaine Schock, told the New York Times:

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.”

Schock later said Keith hadn't talked to anyone at Fox News since early 2009 and that he never has been interviewed by Palin. She added that the network legally has the right to air old footage, so she would not ask to have Keith's segment excluded from the show. She chose not to comment on the singer's reaction.

Fox did agree to drop the segment featuring LL Cool J (real name James Todd Smith), but issued a biting statement that insulted him and his acting career:

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.

Just to set the record straight -- which Fox News rarely, if ever, does -- LL Cool J's acting career is far from "fledgling." He stars in the popular TV series "NCIS: Los Angeles" and has co-starred in 29 movies and TV series during his acting career, which already has spanned more than 24 years. Fox News, on the other hand, has only been in existence for 14.

Here is LL Cool J's filmography per IMDB:

 1. "NCIS: Los Angeles" .... Special Agent Sam Hanna / ... (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
          - Blood Brothers (2010) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
          - Full Throttle (2010) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
          - Chinatown (2010) TV episode .... NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna
          - The Bank Job (2010) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
          - LD50 (2010) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
            (13 more)
   2. "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" .... Special Agent Sam Hanna (2 episodes, 2009)
      ... aka "NCIS" - USA (short title)
      ... aka "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" - USA (new title)
          - Legend: Part 2 (2009) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
          - Legend: Part 1 (2009) TV episode .... Special Agent Sam Hanna
   3. The Deal (2008/I) .... Bobby Mason
   4. "30 Rock" .... Ridikolus (1 episode, 2007)
          - The Source Awards (2007) TV episode .... Ridikolus
   5. The Man (2007) (TV) .... Manny Baxter
   6. Last Holiday (2006) .... Sean Matthews
   7. Edison (2005) .... Officer Rafe Deed
      ... aka "Edison Force" - USA (DVD title)
   8. Slow Burn (2005) (as James Todd Smith) .... Luther Pinks
   9. "House M.D." .... Clarence (1 episode, 2005)
      ... aka "House" - South Africa (English title), USA (short title)
      ... aka "Dr. House" - Japan (English title) (second season title)
          - Acceptance (2005) TV episode .... Clarence
  10. Mindhunters (2004) (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J) .... Gabe Jensen
  11. S.W.A.T. (2003) (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J) .... Deacon 'Deke' Kay
  12. Deliver Us from Eva (2003) (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J) .... Raymond 'Ray' Adams
  13. Rollerball (2002) .... Marcus Ridley
  14. Kingdom Come (2001/I) .... Ray Bud Slocumb
  15. Charlie's Angels (2000) .... Mr. Jones
  16. Any Given Sunday (1999) .... Julian Washington
  17. In Too Deep (1999) .... Dwayne Gittens / God
  18. "In the House" .... Marion Hill (76 episodes, 1995-1999)
          - Out House (1999) TV episode .... Marion Hill
          - Guest Dad (1999) TV episode .... Marion Hill
          - Cornbread, Marion and Me (1999) TV episode .... Marion Hill
          - How Nana Got Her Groove Back (1999) TV episode .... Marion Hill
          - There's Something About Tiffany (1999) TV episode .... Marion Hill
            (71 more)
  19. Deep Blue Sea (1999) .... Sherman 'Preacher' Dudley
  20. "Oz" .... Jiggy Walker (1 episode, 1998)
          - Strange Bedfellows (1998) TV episode .... Jiggy Walker
  21. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) .... Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
      ... aka "Halloween: H20" - USA (promotional title)
      ... aka "Halloween: H20 (20 Years Later)" - USA (promotional title)
  22. Woo (1998) .... Darryl
  23. Caught Up (1998) .... Roger
  24. The Right to Remain Silent (1996) (TV) .... Charles Red Taylor
  25. Out-of-Sync (1995) .... Jason St. Julian
  26. "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" .... Mr. Throneberry (1 episode)
      ... aka "Pete and Pete" - USA (short title)
          - Sick Day (????) TV episode .... Mr. Throneberry
  27. Toys (1992) .... Captain Patrick Zevo
  28. The Hard Way (1991) .... Detective Billy, NYPD
  29. Wildcats (1986) (as L.L. Cool J) .... Rapper


  • walrus 5 years ago

    "...we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."

    wow, real quality people at fox

  • Stan The Man 5 years ago

    Oh yeah his acting career rivals Marlon Brando's. Wow what a great thespian that LL Cool J be.

  • walrASS 5 years ago

    Man just look at all those blockbuster films LL has starred in, makes me feel all sad that I've never seen a single one.

  • Jill 5 years ago

    What did you expect from Fox, the "fake and biased" news network.

  • Sydney 5 years ago

    Jill, Fox didn't fake any interview with LL Cool J. The interview they showed was an interview he did with Fox for a 2008 web project, "Real American Stories". Because there were no restrictions placed on its use of his interview, Fox didn't need his permission to air again.

  • fired up & fed up ready 4 2010 5 years ago

    Somebody call poor LL cool putz a WAHmbulance. I can't take his whining about something that's bigger & better than the likes of him! What a cry baby.
    And Toby, why don't you grow a pair and back this positive, uplifting program about special stories about "some" SPECIAL PEOPLE?

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