“O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?,” O.J. Simpson’s infamous and never-before-seen 2006 interview with Judith Regan, is finally going to see the light of day. In it, he describes a hypothetical scenario where he murders his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ronald Goldman. It airs on Fox, on March 11, 2018.
The special, titled O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, was an interview originally conducted in 2006 by TV host Judith Regan. It largely focuses on O.J. Simpson’s book If I Did It.
It was initially supposed to air on November 27 and November 29 on Fox, just days before Simpson’s book was to go on sale November 30. But the interview and launch of O.J. Simpson’s book were cancelled amid a public outcry. Twelve years later though, the same network that cancelled the interview will now air it on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
In the preview for the release of O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, Simpson says, “Forget everything you think you know about that night… This is one story the whole world got wrong.”
O.J. Simpson Acquitted of Murder, But Found Guilty in Civil Trial
Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and friend Ronald Goldman in 1995, in what was dubbed “the trial of the century.”
But questions have persisted about their stabbing deaths, with many maintaining that Simpson was only acquitted because of his stellar defense team.
Speculation about the murders soared when Simpson lost a wrongful death civil suit brought against him by the families of Brown and Goldman in 1997. A jury decided that Simpson must pay the family of Brown $25.0 million in punitive damages, and Goldman’s family $8.5 million.
The unsolved murders of Brown and Goldman stayed on the radar of the American public. This was not lost on ReganBooks, who had Pablo Fenhves ghostwrite If I Did It, where he discusses the hypothetical scenario of Simpson committing the murders.
O.J. Simpson Accepts Huge Advance for Ghostwritten Book
While O.J. Simpson didn’t actually write the book, he accepted a nearly seven-figure advance from publishers to say he was the author and conduct interviews. Although Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 murders in 1995, the book, written by Fenjves, discusses the hypothetical scenario of Simpson committing the murders.
But someone leaked news of the yet announced book to the National Enquirer; Fenjves thinks it was Judith Regan, the woman who interviewed Simpson in 2006. She was also head of the ReganBooks imprint at HarperCollins and clearly wanted the book to succeed.
The best way to help book sales was with an interview plugging If I Did It. The interview is allegedly a no-holds-barred discussion in which Simpson provides a detailed hypothetical account of what might have happened on that tragic night of June 12, 1994.
It has been alleged that the tapes were lost. But have now been found. And Simpson’s potentially explosive words will finally be heard on March 11. The special will be hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien, and will run with limited interruptions and feature public service announcements on domestic violence awareness.