Critic’s Notebook: Fox’s ‘OJ Simpson: The Lost Confession?’ Exploits OJ Exploiting Double Murder

The never-seen 2006 interview in which Simpson “hypothetically” confesses to the double slayings is hyped for a hoped-for ratings bonanza.

Much like Donald Trump, O.J. Simpson seems destined to forever haunt our nightmares. The 2016 Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America and the Emmy-winning miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, respectively, recounted and dramatized the decades-old murder case in exhaustive detail. Last year, we had to endure the spectacle of Simpson’s parole hearing where he claimed that he’s “basically led a conflict-free life,” which is true if you don’t count multiple incidents of spousal abuse, a double murder and armed robbery. Now comes yet another nail in our psyche’s coffin, the documentary special O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? that aired Sunday night on Fox. The show aired directly opposite yet another painful reminder of something we had to endure in the past, ABC’s reboot of American Idol.

The special hosted by Soledad O’Brien was largely composed of footage from an infamous 2006 interview conducted by publisher Judith Regan to publicize Simpson’s book If I Did It. The book, in which Simpson hypothetically poses that he did in fact commit murders and proceeds to explain what went down, was so controversial that Rupert Murdoch, then-CEO of Fox, parent company of publisher HarperCollins, canceled both it and the accompanying

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