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Toby Keith also surprised by his own participation in Sarah Palin's show. (LL Cool J feels his pain.)

Mere moments after LL Cool J informed the world — and, apparently, Fox News — that he had no intention of being a part of Sarah Palin’s upcoming show, Real American Stories, the good people over at HitFix spoke to country music singer Toby Keith, who’s also featured in the show’s promos. According to HitFix, “Keith, who says he’s a registered Democrat, was not told about the usage of a past interview for Palin’s program. ‘We were never contacted by Fox,’ his rep tells Hitfix. ‘I have no idea what interview it’s taken from. They’re promoting this like it’s a brand new interview. He never sat down with Sarah Palin.’”

Unlike LL, Keith’s segment is expected to stay in the show, but we’re secretly hoping Fox will put out a press release wishing him luck on his “fledgling music career” anyway.

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Sarah Palin-hosted show won't include LL Cool J, because he says so

palin-ll-cool-jImage Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosBeing an upstanding citizen of the hip-hop community and being a member of the Republican party are two things that just don’t jibe. So yesterday (March 30) when Fox News announced that actor and veteran rapper LL Cool J would be on the Sarah Palin-hosted debut episode of Real American Stories this Thursday, I knew something fishy was up.

Sure enough, the Los Angeles Times has reported the man loved by ladies will not be on the show, nor did he ever plan on doing so. As the story goes, Fox News has an interview from 2008 LL gave for the network’s online project and planned to re-purpose it because his from-nothing-to-something story echoes the show’s theme.

Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, immediately took to his Twitter page to clean up the mess.

“Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else and are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin’s Show,” he tweeted.  “WOW.”

LL wasn’t available to comment, but his rep did pass along this statement: “Contrary to what was reported, LL Cool J was never scheduled to be a guest on Real American Stories with Sarah Palin this week.  The show had planned to use an interview from 2008 that was being re-purposed without LL’s permission.  This statement is not a reflection of any feelings LL has toward Fox News or Ms. Palin, whom he has never met, rather a clarification of what we have seen published in the media.”

The Times quoted a spokeswoman for the network who said, “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.”

So that’s that. What do you guys think? Was Mrs. Alaska trying to pull the wool over our eyes? Or was this a just simple misunderstanding? By the way, did you catch that little jab at the end? The line about “his fledgling acting career”? As one of the leads on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and an actor for more than a decade, LL’s far from being a rookie. Cheap shot alert!

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Chris Brown defends Tiger Woods: Is this supposed to be helpful?

Chris-BrownImage Credit: Rob Kim/Retna LtdSay what you will about Tiger Woods’ PR strategy right now, but somehow I doubt it includes getting co-signs from the likes of Chris Brown. “I think people always deserve a second chance,” Brown said yesterday in a Detroit radio interview spotted by MTV News. “I hope [Woods] gets back on the field and does his thing, ’cause he is the best at it…Whatever [Woods'] personal life is, and this goes for me and him, his personal life is his personal life. Nobody has the right to place judgment or make any judgment on anybody else’s personal life when they’re not directly involved with them.”

Forget Tiger for a moment. Maybe this is just me, but the more I hear Chris Brown talking about second chances this way, the less inclined I am to think he himself deserves one yet. It’s been a little over a year since he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna, a misdeed that MTV says Brown called a “hiccup and a major mistake” in that radio interview. Really, Chris? Hiccups are what happen when you drink too much soda. We all know what Chris Brown did that night; he pleaded guilty in a court of law to assaulting Rihanna. That’s not what I call a hiccup. That’s abuse, and it’s a felony, and implying that “nobody has the right to place judgment” on it is seriously problematic.

Why is Chris Brown even talking about Tiger Woods’ sex scandal, anyway? I recognize that he probably didn’t choose to be asked this question, but if ever there was a time for a “no comment,” this was it. Using the Woods story as an excuse to offer up some self-serving musings on his own actions was simply an awful idea. I can’t see how these remarks will help either Woods or Brown rehabilitate their respective images.

I’ve asked Brown’s label if they have any further comment on this mess. In the meantime, what do you think of Brown’s decision to weigh in on Tiger Woods?

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Aerosmith: Steven Tyler successfully 'auditions' to become lead singer, band announce European tour dates

aerosmithImage Credit: Scott D. Smith/Retna LtdLess than a month ago things were looking grim in the Aerosmith camp, with Steven Tyler’s attorney demanding the rest of the band desist from auditioning a new lead singer—and not ruling out the possibility of a legal action if they didn’t.

Well, die hard Aerosmith fans can rest easy. Or as easy as anyone can rest while cranking Toys in the Attic up to 11 on the ol’ stereo. The ‘Smith have announced Tyler is officially still the band’s vocalist via a puckish video clip on their website in which the singer declares, “I just auditioned and I got the gig.” The band have also released details of a European summer tour.

Are you surprised by the news? Excited? Bored? And which is more ridiculous: the recent Aerosmith shenanigans or the hat Tyler is wearing in the clip? Let us know!

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John Mayer's 'Playboy' interview: Why does no one care that he also uses a gay slur?

John Mayer’s crazy controversial Playboy interview has already sparked outrage for his use of the N word and his comparison of Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm.” But in the interview Mayer also uses the gay slur “f–s,” which seems to be yielding much less outrage. While discussing kissing Perez Hilton one night at a club, Mayer says, “I grabbed him and gave him the dirtiest, tongue-iest kiss I have ever put on anybody—almost as if I hated f–s.” Um, why has this not merited a twitter-pology? A spokesperson for Mayer told EW, “On Wednesday, JM apologized for his remarks via Twitter and again in public that night. His remorse is genuine and he has expressed sincere regret for all of his word choices.” Clearly this interview was meant to offend pretty much everyone, but I would still like an apology from Mayer on behalf of gays everywhere.

What do you think?

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'NOW That's What I Call Love': Hinder's 'Lips of an Angel' for Valentine's Day? Really?!

There are plenty of questionable song choices on NOW That’s What I Call Love (out Jan. 26), which a press release sent this morning bills as “A PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT” featuring “20 unforgettable love songs from today’s top artists.” I mean, Hoobastank’s “The Reason”? David Cook’s “Light On”? They might as well have called this thing NOW That’s What I Call Mediocre Adult-Contemporary Rock, am I right?

But one item on the track list really sticks out for me, and that’s Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel.” In case you’re lucky enough to have forgotten it, “Lips of an Angel” is a turgid power ballad about wanting to cheat on one’s current partner with an ex. You know, “My girl’s in the next room/Sometimes I wish she was you.” “Girl, you make it hard to be faithful.” That one. And this is supposed to be romantic?! If your significant other gives you this song about itching to hook up with someone else on Valentine’s Day — or any other day, for that matter — you might be justified in dumping him or her immediately.

I don’t even like Valentine’s Day, but I’m pretty sure “Lips of an Angel” makes a mockery of everything that ridiculous pseudo-holiday stands for. Am I the only one? Watch the song below if you must, click through to the jump for the full lineup of NOW That’s What I Call Love songs, then sound off in the comments section.

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