TVIn an odd stunt of counter programming against ABC’s debut of American Idol, FOX will air O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? on March 11. The special is mostly an interview with Simpson that was recorded in 2006 and according to Indiewire, the tapes of the interview were recently found sitting in a box on the FOX lot.
Here’s the scoop: Judith Regan interviewed Simpson over 11 years ago about a “shocking hypothetical account” of the night when Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were murdered. The interview was the material used for Simpson’s book, If I Did It, that was to be published by HarperCollins. However, it was reported that Simpson was paid $3.5 million for the interview that was planned to be a TV special on FOX, but after the public outrage, Regan was fired, the book was released by the Goldman family and the special was cancelled.
The new two-hour special is hosted by Journalist Soledad O’Brien and will be joined by a panel of analysts who will discuss the historic and newsworthy interview, providing timely analysis and context for the never-before-seen footage where Simpson describes what might have happened on the night of June 12, 1994.
Although exonerated of murdering Brown Simpson and Goldman, Simpson was later sued in civil court, found responsible for both murders and ordered to pay $33.5 million in restitution to the victims’ families. In 2007, he was arrested in Las Vegas on felony charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The following year, he was found guilty on 12 counts and sentenced to up to 33 years in prison. Simpson was released on parole five months ago on October 1, 2017.
O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? will air March 11, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. with limited interruptions and will feature public service announcements on domestic violence awareness throughout the program.