Fox decides O.J. book/interview not such a good idea after all

Rupert Murdoch has suffered a sudden attack of good taste. Minutes ago, Fox announced the cancellation of O.J. Simpson’s TV special and his mysterious, unimaginable-to-humans-with-souls book, If I Did It.

Earlier today, 13 of Fox’s affiliates across the country informed the parent company they’d refuse to air the network’s well-promoted two-part interview with Simpson. They cited the subject matter of his book as "inappropriate," and condemned Fox for attempting to promote the book and the interview together. If I Did It was somehow (but who knows how… or why) supposed to serve as the ex-NFL star’s hypothetical confession to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

PopWatch may speculate on the reasons for the reversal at another time. But for now, who wants to join me in a collective THANK YOU?

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  • Tommy G.

    I think dropping this show & book was the smartest decision of the year. OJ certainly doesn’t need any more fame – he needs to just go away, sit in a dark corner, and think about what he’s done.
    And I have to say I’m fully surprised — there’s an ounce of decency left at FOX after all. Now Rupert — how about tossing Judith Regan out on her ear for even thinking this was a good idea?

  • Micheline

    I can’t believe that he is as cocky and arrogant as he is. He is talking about the mother of his children of his own children has he no feelings towards them? Or is he that stupid and heartless towards his children?

  • Ep Sato

    I am very pleased to see this get cancelled. The idea of a guy who was found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers to then turn around and spend his time saying something to the extent of “ha ha suckers, I did do it and this is how” seems really wrong to me. Now, as Tommy G. suggested, let’s take the limelight away from OJ Simpson and let him grow into the sad small unknown he now deserves to be.

  • Todd

    What’s interesting that nobody, on either side of the aisle, seems to be appalled by the censoring of this pathetic loser’s attempt to milk more bucks from a society that usually drools over this kind of drivel.

  • brandonk

    I’m so surprised they actually did this, for the simple reason that this whole enterprise was a horrible idea in the first place and yet it was still started and on track for apparently months. I wonder what will happen to the presumably already printed copies of this book…

  • Tom

    This may not have aired, but I still feel the day where we watch executions and other disgusting stuff will happen.
    Just watch the 1976 film “Network” to see what television will look like in some time.

  • Kayla

    YESSSS!!! Cancelling this new opportunity for OJ Simpson to continue to make a mockery of the justice system was the only sensible decision to make. Unfortunately, however, as I saw on TV this past weekend, this man continues to be treated as a movie star wherever he goes, and apparently receives plenty of money that I imagine, finds its way through third parties into his bank account. I sincerely hope that the Goldman and Brown families will be able to collect. Apparently, OJ Simpson is not suffering for lack of income. What a creep.

  • Kent Bailey

    I am wondering what will happen to all those books now???? I bet a few are in circulation anyhow, and they’ll be going to big bucks on ebay.

  • J H

    The books are going to be destroyed. I wouldn’t even line my sister’s kitty litter box with the shreds.

  • Phil

    I am overjoyed to hear that FOX has decided to cancel this filth. OJ is a creepy jerk who continues to profit from this tragic and gruesome event.
    Now if only Fox had the good sense to cancel the ARBY ACTION SPORTS AWARDS SHOW on Dec. 10th, hosted by the cast of Jackass Number Two. Cause I mean, REALLY, I def. think of plopping down watching some sports when I think of eating a big juicy Arby’s Roast Beef sandwich…

  • yawn

    Can I get an A M E N?

  • Amanda T

    I’m glad all of this happened – OJ showed he is still as callous and disgusting as the night he murdered Nicole and Ron, and the public backlash showed there is still some level of good taste. The whole world knows he did it – but he won’t make a dime off this scheme.

  • M9

    I think with the O.J. Simpson trial being done adn over with, their is no reason why we would need to watch a t.v. show about him. He doesnt need the fame adn certainly doesn’t deserve what fame he already has. A show about a man who most of the world thought guilty of murdering his wife and then getting off with a jury of who were said to be his friends, does not deserve a television show. It would only make people dislike him more. Fox has made a good decision by canceling it, they are saving themselves money and time to put something on that people will actually watch. Airing that show could have been bad for their rep.

  • jane

    Come on guys, don’t be mean. O.J. isn’t “stupid and heartless.” He’s greedy and desperate for attention. The man is a soulles psychopath who probably isn’t dating (because who wants to be his next ex-wife?)

  • yawn

    Gotta be hard to air a show that nobody wants to sponsor and even fewer people want to watch……FOX made a financial decision, not a moral one.

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