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Nets fight to be first with O.J. interviews

Nets fight to be first with O.J. interviews — Fox News and NBC try to scoop each other with Simpson sitdowns to mark the 10th anniversary of the notorious Nicole Simpson-Ron Goldman slayings

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This weekend, the most popular Simpson on TV isn’t Homer or Jessica — it’s O.J. Fox News Channel and NBC have been fighting to see who can air the first lengthy sitdown with O.J. Simpson to mark the 10th anniversary of the notorious slayings of his wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman. Fox News was first out of the gate, airing advance excerpts of Greta Van Susteren’s hour-long chat with the Juice on her Thursday-night show. Her full interview was scheduled to air this coming Monday, but then NBC scheduled its own hour-long O.J. interview, to be taped Friday by Katie Couric and to air on Friday night’s ”Dateline.” Fox News announced it would air the excerpts Thursday and throughout the day Friday, while NBC will air clips from Couric’s interview on Monday morning’s ”Today.”

Court TV is claiming its own Simpson scoop. Though Catherine Crier’s interview with Simpson won’t air until Tuesday, it’s the first that will be conducted live and unedited.

Talking to Van Susteren, Simpson said he remains ”angry” with Nicole for allegedly hanging out with a fast and shady crowd, one of whom he says may have killed her and Goldman on June 12, 1994. (Simpson, of course, was acquitted of the murders in criminal court but found liable in civil court, and he continues to maintain that he was innocent of any wrongdoing.) He said, ”I am angry that she found herself hanging out with this group of — who are these people?” The 56-year-old football-great-turned-actor also confirmed rumors that he was planning to star in a ”Punk’d”-type reality show. ”It’s me doing gags as Juice… what they call ‘juicing’ people,” he said.