A Fox Shocker: In Depth With O.J. Simpson for A Ratings Boost

Simpson in the upcoming Fox interview dubbed
Simpson in the upcoming Fox interview dubbed "If I Did It: Here's How It Happened." (By Michael Yarish -- Fox)

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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fox will slaughter the competition the final week of the November ratings sweeps when it airs a two-hour interview in which O.J. Simpson details how he would have murdered his wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman more than 10 years ago.

Had he done it.

Which he didn't.

Just ask him.

He is, in fact, looking high and low for her killer as we write.

"O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened" will be broadcast over two nights, Monday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 29. Fox airs "House" on Tuesdays and nobody messes with House. Not even O.J.

"If I Did It" is also the title of the former pro football player's new book that, Fox said yesterday, hits bookstores Nov. 30 -- just in time for the holiday gift-buying season, ho, ho, ho. And who wouldn't love to find a copy of O.J.'s sordid sort-of hypothetical confession in his Christmas stocking on the morning of the day in which we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus?

And, in one of those incredible coincidences that make covering the TV industry so fulfilling, the book is being published under the Regan imprint, headed by Judith Regan, who will conduct the interview with O.J. on Fox. And her publishing outfit, ReganBooks, is a division of HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp. -- which also owns Fox!

Fox didn't divulge details of the interview other than to say it was "wide-ranging," "no holds barred" and "unrestricted" and that "Simpson describes how he would have carried out the murders he has vehemently denied committing for over a decade." He was acquitted in the criminal trial that gripped the country in 1995 but found guilty in a later civil trial.

But on its Web site, under the headline "The Interview That Will Shake the Nation," Fox presents a video clip in which someone, presumably Regan, says to Simpson, "You wrote, 'I have never seen so much blood in my life.' "

Simpson responds, "I don't think any two people could be murdered without everybody being covered in blood."

The National Enquirer -- which broke the story about the Simpson book last month -- has cited a West Coast source familiar with the project in providing grisly details of what it claims to be Simpson's story in the book. The Enquirer says its source described the book's account of the double murder as "so detailed and chillingly realistic -- with O.J. as the central figure -- that it leaves no doubt it is a confession of what really happened." According to that report, Simpson was paid $3.5 million to do the book.


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