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Palin’s new show drops LL Cool J after he complains

AP , NEW YORK

An upcoming Fox News Channel special hosted by Sarah Palin is titled Real American Stories, but rapper-actor LL Cool J said his participation in the show was bogus.

In response, the network has snipped him from the program.

In a Twitter posting late on Tuesday, the entertainer wrote that 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.”

Country singer Toby Keith was similarly caught by surprise, his publicist said on Wednesday.

Elaine Schock said a radio reporter contacted her on Tuesday seeking details about Keith’s announced appearance on Palin’s Fox News program.

“I said: ‘You’re wrong. There is no Sarah Palin special with Toby Keith on it on Fox,’” Schock said.

She said the reporter then e-mailed her the press release issued by Fox News, which said Keith would “explain the inspiration behind his song Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.’”

Schock said she believed the interview was conducted in ­January last year in Las Vegas, but she had received no e-mail or phone call from Fox News informing her it would air on Palin’s show this week.

She said Keith would not request that the footage be removed. She would not comment on his reaction to it being used on the show.

Real American Stories, which was to debuts yesterday, is hosted by Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, who joined Fox News Channel as a regular contributor in January.

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