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O.J. Simpson Confession Interview, Shelved For 11 Years, To Finally Air on Fox

Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins in 2006, and the Fox special never aired, after it was revealed that Simpson was paid $3.5 million for the book.

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More than 11 years after Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins over an O.J. Simpson book and Fox special she was overseeing, her Simpson interview has finally been given an airdate.

Fox has dusted off that special, and repackaged it as “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” — now hosted by Soledad O’Brien. The two-hour special will air Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. The special will air as counterprogramming against ABC’s “American Idol.”

Per the network, the telecast will “air with limited interruptions and will feature public service announcements on domestic violence awareness throughout the program.” O’Brien will also moderate a talk with a panel of analysts giving context to the interview.

Cover of OJ Simpson book 'If I Did It,' his hypothetical account of the Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman murders in 1994. In 2006, HarperCollins announced the publication of a book in which O.J. Simpson told how he hypothetically would have committed the murders. In response to public outrage that Simpson stood to profit from these crimes, HarperCollins cancelled the book. A Florida court awarded the rights to the Goldmans in to partially satisfy the unpaid civil judgment, which has risen, with interest, to over $38 million. The Goldman family considers this book as a confession and it contains the original manuscript approved by O.J. Simpson, with up to 14,000 words of additional commentary.Cover of OJ Simpson book 'If I Did It,' his hypothetical account of the Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman murders in 1994 - Sep 2007

Cover of OJ Simpson book ‘If I Did It’

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Regan spoke in 2006 to Simpson, who gave “a shocking hypothetical account” of the night that his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman were murdered. That interview was the basis of “If I Did It,” a book that Regan and HarperCollins were scheduled to release that year.

Simpson was reportedly paid $3.5 million at the time by Regan to participate in the book, and it was set to be a Fox special. But after public outrage over the fact that Simpson was paid for the sitdown, Fox canceled the special. Regan was then fired from HarperCollins (owned by News Corp.), and then sued for defamation. The book was later released by Goldman’s family, but the special sat on the network shelves.

According to insiders, Fox was given approval by the Goldman and Simpson families to air the special. Apparently the tapes were recently rediscovered sitting in a box on the Fox lot, and the decision was made to air the special.

Terence Wrong is the executive producer of “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” Watch a preview clip below.

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