O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? will not be simple to enjoy, however it will be interesting.
As host Soledad O’Brien described to E! News, the two-hour Fox unique, crafted from the “lost” recording of a 2006 interview in between O.J. Simpson and publisher Judith Regan, marks the very first time the infamous previous football gamer has actually ever openly gone over the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her good friend Ron Goldman were extremely killed in 1994.
“There is a fascination. And I think part of that fascination comes from O.J. Simpson never taking the stand,” O’Brien stated. “As a reporter, obviously I covered the story, the trial. You never heard from him. He’s never really talked about his relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson. He’s never talked about the night of the murders in detail. And so I think the fascination comes from the content itself is incredibly fascinating and it’s really bizarre and it’s very disturbing.”
When Simpson initially took a seat with Regan, the account of the night he provided was framed as a theoretical account of the occasions that happened on the night of the murders, with Simpson providing a troubling and in-depth description of exactly what may have taken place in his own words. And it’s that juxtaposition that strikes O’Brien as the most complicated.
“To have something that’s very hypothetical, completely hypothetical, but described in great detail?” she asked. “It’s odd.”
The initial interview was ditched after it was consulted with outrage over its really presence, most especially from the households of the victims. The rights for a prepared book of Simpson’s account was ultimately granted to the Goldman household in a 2007 civil trial and was launched under the title If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer– with the If hardly visible and notoriously small. O’Brien firmly insists, nevertheless, that this time around, the households are on board and encouraging.
“Things have changed a lot,” she stated. “I think the families—the Goldman family and the Brown family—are supportive of the project, and I think that’s because all this many years later, they actually think it’s important to have O.J. Simpson’s own words kind of in the public record. And that there’s a value to everybody hearing what he says. He frames it as a hypothetical, but it’s odd. And I think they see that as having value for people to hear that. I think back in 2006, that wasn’t the case.”
In truth, whether the households were on board or not was O’Brien’s very first issue when approached to host the telecast. “That was one of the first questions I asked when I was asked if I was interested in taking part,” she confessed.
The two-hour special will see O’Brien signed up with by a panel of experts who will go over the interview and enjoy, supplying prompt analysis and context for the video. The list of experts consists of Regan herself, lawyer Christopher Darden(who Sterling K. Brown played to excellence in The People v. O.J. Simpson), Nicole Brown Simpson household agent Eve Shakti Chen, anti-domestic violence supporter Rita Smith, and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente Furthermore, the unique will air with restricted business disturbance and consist of civil service statements relating to domestic violence awareness throughout.
O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? airs Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. on Fox.