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Entertainment The O.J. Simpson Interview on Fox: Gripping, Gross or Both?

00:22  13 march  2018
00:22  13 march  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

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On Sunday Fox aired “ O . J . Simpson : The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron A Fox special on Sunday night presented an interview with O . J . Simpson that was taped in 2006, but never broadcast, interspersed with new

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On Sunday night, Fox aired “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession,” a two-hour special that the network has been promoting for weeks as a shocking, must-see interview that was recently found.

Originally shot in 2006, the conversation between Mr. Simpson and the publishing magnate Judith Regan was intended then to promote the ReganBooks release of “If I Did It,” described as a “hypothetical” explanation of how the N.F.L. Hall of Famer might have murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman — a crime for which he was acquitted in 1995.

Thanks to the likes of the Oscar-winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and the Emmy-winning drama series “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” interest in Mr. Simpson and the Brown/Goldman killings is at a new peak. So this interview wasn’t so much rediscovered as dug up, to take advantage of a trend.

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On Sunday Fox aired “ O . J . Simpson : The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Read full story.

March 2018, FOX television promoted the PrimeTime Broadcast of an interview with OJ Simpson , filmed in 2006, as his “lost confession” to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The O . J . Simpson Interview on Fox : Gripping , Gross or Both ?

Still, “The Lost Confession” did offer a rare chance to hear Mr. Simpson’s own perspective on the murders (which he never testified about in the original criminal trial). And Fox tried to make the old interview relevant to today’s news by putting it in the context of powerful, famous men abusing women.

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Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, “The Lost Confession” alternated clips from the interview with new commentary from a panel that included Ms. Regan, Christopher Darden (the lawyer who helped prosecute the original case), Jim Clemente (a retired F.B.I. profiler), Rita Smith (a spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence), and Eve Shakti Chen (a friend of Ms. Brown’s).

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The OJ SImpson interview , was it gripping , gross , or both ? The two-hour interview , that was originally shot in 2006, aired for the first time on Fox on

Thursday FOX announced that on March 11, it will air a two-hour special based on an interview that O . J . Simpson did back in 2006. At the time we called the show “If I Did It.” The special was part of a deal that 21st Century Fox had with Judith Regan to publish a book in which Simpson doesn’t admit

Whatever explanations Fox has given for the existence of this special, there’s more to it than just, “Hey, look what we found!” What’s the actual story behind the interview? Why are we just seeing it now? And did we really learn anything from it?

Why Was It Shelved?

In 2006, Ms. Regan employed the ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves to turn conversations with Mr. Simpson into “If I Did It.” It initially seemed like the latest coup for ReganBooks, a HarperCollins imprint that was renowned in the late ’90s and early ’00s for publishing hot-take political commentary and salacious celebrity memoirs, in addition to popular literature.

But publicity surrounding the project was mostly terrible. The Goldman and Brown families made public statements against both the book and the interview, raising concerns about the prospect of anyone — Mr. Simpson, HarperCollins, Fox — making money off murder. As the uproar grew, both the print and TV versions of “If I Did It” were scrapped. Additionally, Ms. Regan was fired from her own imprint, for reasons said to be unrelated to the project. (She later sued and won, claiming to have been defamed during her dismissal.)

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A version of “If I Did It” did eventually get released in 2007. The Goldmans were granted the rights to the material in order to help satisfy their civil claim against Mr. Simpson. They published the book as “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer” — putting the word “if” in almost imperceptibly tiny letters on the cover.

Why Is It Airing Now?

According to the executive producer, Terry Wrong, Fox dug up this interview to satisfy the huge demand for more O.J.-related television. The former network executive Preston Beckman — known on Twitter as “the Masked Scheduler” — noted in a blog post that Fox probably intentionally showed it on Sunday night to counterprogram ABC’s premiere of the revived “American Idol.” (“They probably don’t want egg on their face if ‘AI’ returns with an impressive number,” he said.)

In interviews leading up to the broadcast, both Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Wrong stressed that Mr. Simpson didn’t get a dime for this special. He was reportedly paid $800,000 for the book “If I Did It” in 2006, but got no money for the interview then, according to Fox. Fox, on the other hand, definitely stands to benefit — which was one of the complaints levied before the broadcast was scrapped the first time.

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The O . J . Simpson Interview on Fox : Gripping , Gross or Both ? On Sunday Fox aired “ O . J . Simpson : The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

On Sunday Fox aired “ O . J . Simpson : The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

Fox, Ms. Regan, Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Darden have all insisted that “The Lost Confession” is a vital document in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp. The special was framed as a look inside the mind of a domestic abuser, and perhaps a warning to any woman who might be in a relationship with someone who talks the way Mr. Simpson does in the interview. Mr. Wrong also made sure to point out that unlike in 2006, the Brown and Goldman families gave their blessing to show this footage, ostensibly because they believe it makes Mr. Simpson look guilty.

Does O.J. Come Clean?

It certainly seemed that way. Bear in mind that this interview has been edited down from about four hours (according to Ms. Regan, in promos Fox sent to TV critics), and that throughout Mr. Simpson is referring to the “hypothetical” confession in the book “If I Did It.” In the six minutes in which he talks about the murders, he describes being on the scene with a friend named Charlie — whom the panel believes was just a voice inside his head. It’s all very odd.

That said, when Mr. Simpson describes grabbing a knife (“I do remember that part,” he says), and recalls seeing copious amounts of blood, it doesn’t sound all that hypothetical. The interview goes on to cover the aftermath of the crime — including the infamous Bronco chase — and Ms. Regan’s questioning about what was going through Mr. Simpson’s mind at that time keeps steering him toward explaining his feelings of anger, frustration, depression and yes, guilt.

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But Fox ’s specific strategy for beating ABC—by debuting a previously taped, never aired O . J . Simpson interview in a special called O . J . Simpson : The Lost The Lost Confession centered on an interview conducted in 2006 by Judith Regan during the publicity push for the ultimately shelved book If I Did It

In interviews leading up to the broadcast, both Ms. O ’Brien and Mr. Wrong stressed that Mr. Simpson didn’t get a dime for this special. He was reportedly paid 0,000 for the book “If I Did It” in 2006, but got no money for the interview then, according to Fox . Fox , on the other hand, definitely stands to

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“The Lost Confession” also offers a glimpse into its subject’s character. It’s fascinating to see Mr. Simpson blasting the media, all while frequently reminding Ms. Regan of his past reputation as a successful and popular guy. He seems to cling to every half-truth about his relationship with Ms. Brown that makes him look like he’s the real victim.

Does It Actually Shine a Light on Domestic Violence?

It definitely does. One argument in favor of airing this interview now is that the panel can contextualize Mr. Simpson’s comments in ways that Fox might not have cared to do in 2006. When he confesses to getting “physical” with her on the nights when she called the police, for example, Mr. Simpson is quick to note that “she started it,” prompting Mr. Darden and others to clarify just how violent and threatening he had been, according to the first responders.

In the present day, Ms. Regan justifies her lack of follow-up questions during the original interview by saying that she felt at the time that Mr. Simpson was already hanging himself with every word, and that if she had pushed him too hard he would have walked out. That’s a debatable point. But it is remarkable over the course of the interview how often Mr. Simpson — unbidden — deflects blame back onto Ms. Brown, insisting that the media and the lawyers didn’t talk enough about her shortcomings during the trial. That’s textbook abuser behavior, persistently implying, “She was asking for it.”

Also while the program doesn’t make too much of it, Ms. O’Brien’s narration subtly lays out a story of privilege, wherein the authorities (and the public) give a battered woman less credence than the rich, famous man who tormented her. This particular aspect of “The Lost Confession” special — exposing the nature of abuse — clearly mattered to the producers. And to Fox’s credit, each commercial break during the telecast began with a PSA for a domestic violence hotline.

Final Verdict: Gripping or Gross?

Oh, it’s definitely both. Early on, especially, the recurring reaction shots of a crying Ms. Shakti Chen border on the exploitative. There’s an extent to which Fox is trying to have it both ways here: cashing in on a valuable piece of tape from its archives, while trying to do some good with it.

But on balance, it’s better to have this interview out in the world, rather than locked away. It’s a piece of broadcasting and cultural history, which supplements all the other O.J. Simpson coverage that filled the airwaves recently. As unpleasant as “The Lost Confession” is — and though it doesn’t offer any definitive closure — it’s still an illuminating part of a story that’s been captivating us for more than two decades now, with no signs of losing its pull.

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