Fox TV plans to air a repackaged version of a controversial interview with O.J. Simpson in which he hypothetically details how he might have killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, which was dropped amid widespread outrage more than 11 years ago and never aired.
The Simpson interview with then-publisher and TV host Judith Regan was to have been called, If I Did It, and was viewed by many, including Regan herself, as basically a confession to the 1994 stabbing deaths of Brown and Goldman that he was acquitted at trial of committing. In a partial transcript reported on at the time in late 2006, Simpson laid out a "hypothetical" scenario of how the double murder took place, including lines like: "As things got heated, I just remember Nicole fell and hurt herself. And this guy kind of got into a karate thing," with Simpson then saying that he, quote, "grabbed the knife."
Fox spiked the special amid a public outcry and Rupert Murdoch, then NewsCorp chairman, publicly apologized. BuzzFeed cites a source as saying the tapes had been forgotten after being put away in a secure location on the Fox lot, but they were recently found, and in the wake of the success of recent projects like FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Fox decided to repackage it into a special hosted by Soledad O'Brien that will analyze the interview.
It will be called, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, and air on March 11th. (BuzzFeed)