Fox News said on Wednesday that it was dropping an interview with LL Cool J, right, the rapper and “NCIS: Los Angeles” star, from Thursday’s debut episode of “Real American Stories,” a program hosted by Sarah Palin. LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, wrote Tuesday on his Twitter account that Fox News had “lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else” and was “misrepresenting to the public” in its promotion of the show. Press representatives for LL Cool J said Fox News was repurposing an old interview without his permission. Fox News said that it conducted an interview with LL Cool J about 18 months ago for a program called “Real American Stories,” and that it did not need his permission to use the interview on the new program. In a statement Fox News said, “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.” In addition to his “NCIS” role, LL Cool J has starred in the films “Any Given Sunday” and “Deep Blue Sea” and on the television series “In the House.”

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