O.J. Simpson’s infamous unaired ‘confession’ interview is finally going to be shown on TV
A new chapter for 'American Crime Story'
The murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman was one of the most infamous crimes in US history, and the ensuing trial against American football icon O.J. Simpson went on to inspire the multi-award-winning TV show The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
I mean, there were so many elements that made the crime a tabloid sensation (and made the show so addictive): the grisly murder, how it tackled America’s long-standing racial troubles, the trial being shown live on TV like a reality show - and even the Kardashians were involved.
But one element of the saga has always been shrouded in mystery. In 2006, after he was acquitted in the criminal case but found liable for wrongful death in a civil court, Simpson sat down for an interview where he discussed the killing and hypothesised about how he could have killed Brown and Goldman.
The TV special was intended to promote Simpson’s book If I Did It but there was such a backlash at the time that it was pulled and never aired.
But now, with renewed interest in the case after the success of American Crime Story, Fox has decided to air the show, now called O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?
The two-hour special is going to be shown on US TV on Sunday, 11 March, and will be hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien.
“Forget everything you think you know about that night, because I know the facts better than anyone,” Simpson says in the teaser. “This is one story the whole world got wrong.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both of the victims’ families have sanctioned the move by Fox.
And because the Goldman family previously won the rights to If I Did It in a civil suit, Simpson will not profit in any way from the interview.
Even decades later, this case is still extremely controversial and there will be critics who say it’s wrong to cash in on what was an awful crime – but I have to admit it: I’m just as obsessed with the O.J. story as everyone else.