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OJ Simpson 'If I Did It' Interview from 2006 aired by Fox

OJ Simpson 'If I Did It' Interview from 2006 aired by Fox

O.J. Simpson being escorted by members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in September 2007. (Craig L. Moran/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 12 March 2018 10:59 AM

O.J. Simpson's almost-forgotten "If I Did It" interview from 2006 was aired by Fox on Sunday night and the former football star turned ex-con gave a detailed "hypothetical" account of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson was acquitted of the double murder in 1994 in one of the highest profile trials in U.S. history. Fox had planned on airing the interview 12 years ago but scrapped the project, reportedly because of public outrage over the book Simpson wrote about the murders, Variety reported.

The book, though, was later published, with the proceeds going to the Goldman family as part of its civil verdict against Simpson, Variety noted.

Simpson was released from a Nevada prison last October after serving nine years for an armed robbery and is currently on parole, Vanity Fair reported, and was living in Las Vegas, TMZ reported.

In Fox's two-hour special, "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?" Simpson gave publisher Judith Regan in 2006 what he said was a "hypothetical" account of what he believed happened the night of the murder, Fox News reported.

Regan was later joined on a panel by Christopher Darden, who helped prosecute the case against Simpson in 1994 and originally was opposed to the release of the video. The panel was moderated by Soledad O'Brien, formerly of CNN.

"I think he's confessed to murder," Darden told the panel, per Variety. "If I'd know he said this in 2006 I would not have objected to the release of this video. I don't think there's any question of his involvement and that he is the person who is wielding the knife."

Regan said on the panel her goal during the interview was to keep Simpson talking, so she had decided not to challenge statements he made about the murders, Variety said.

She said the interview "absolutely" convinced her that he was the murderer.

"There's no doubt in my mind," Regan said, per Variety.

Nicole Simpson's longtime friend Eve Shakti Chen along with a domestic violence expert and an FBI profiler were part of Sunday's panel commenting on the 2006 interview.

Social media exploded with comments about the interview, for example:

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O.J. Simpson's almost-forgotten "If I Did It" interview from 2006 was aired by Fox on Sunday night and the former football star turned ex-con gave a detailed "hypothetical" account of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
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