Is O.J. Simpson a double murderer? He was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in a trial that captivated and divided the country with its controversial verdict in 1995. Two years later, he was found liable for the deaths of Brown and Goldman in civil lawsuits brought by their families. Now Fox is revisiting the tragic night via a “lost” and controversial interview with the suspect himself, O.J. Simpson.
The network will premiere a two-hour special titled O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession, on March 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special also features a panel of analysts who will break down the interview with Soledad O’Brien.
In 2006, publisher Judith Regan conducted what Fox is billing as “no-holds-barred interview” with Simpson, which includes the disgraced football star offering a “shocking” and “disturbing” hypothetical account of what happened on the night of June 12, 1994. This interview was originally intended to run alongside the release of the book If I Did It; News Corp canceled both the interview special and the book release after public backlash. The Goldman family secured rights to the manuscript, and it was published with additional commentary in 2007 under the title If I Did It: Confessions of a Killer.
Above, you can get your first look at The Lost Confession. “Forget everything you think you know about that night, because I know the facts better than anyone,” says Simpson to the camera in the clip. “This is one story the whole world got wrong.” The voice-over then dramatically asks: “Does he confess? You be the judge.”
The Brown and Goldman families were contacted about the project and are supportive of its release, according to the network. The network also says that Simpson will not profit from the special, which will contain PSAs for domestic violence awareness.
Simpson, now 70, found his way to jail through another case. He was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and kidnapping and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Last summer, he was released on parole.
There was much renewed interest in the “Trial of the Century” around the 20th anniversary of the verdict. Among the many Hollywood projects were Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning FX limited series The People Vs. O.J. Simpson and ESPN’s Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made In America.