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The People v. O.J. Simpson: Marcia Clark didn’t want the show to happen

‘We were partners. We were trench mates,’ she told Ellen DeGeneres

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Ryan Murphy’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has brought the story of the former football star’s trial to life over two decades later, but the case’s head prosecutor, Marcia Clark, had her reservations when she first heard about the show.

Her exact response: “Oh please don’t do this, oh please,” Clark said on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Clark added that she banked on the project getting the axe before it went into production, but once she learned Murphy signed on to direct, the 62-year-old legal professional knew “at least it’s going to be quality.”

And Clark said she’s thrilled with Sarah Paulson’s portrayal of her on the FX series. “It was such an honor,” she told DeGeneres of when she learned Paulson would play her. “She’s such a phenomenal, brilliant talent.”

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As for the possibility of a relationship with Chris Darden — a fellow prosecutor on the case who’s played by Sterling K. Brown on the show — Clark denied any romantic involvement at the time. “It didn’t seem that way to me,” she said. “We were partners. We were trench mates.”

Hear what else Clark has to say about People v. O.J. Simpson and her real-life experience with the trial in the video below.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.