O.J. Simpson Special and Book Canceled


That controversial book and interview by O.J. Simpson "If I Did It," has been canceled by News Corp, the parent company of FOX News and Regan Books.

The plan for O.J. Simpson to describe how he could have killed his former wife and her friend has offended everyone from the families of the victims to FOX commentators who planned to boycott the program.

ABC's Ryan Owens reports.

Plans for the publication of O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It," have been undone by public outrage. According to News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch Regan Books will not publish the book, bowing to public opinion. And the FOX network will not air a two-part TV interview with Simpson about how he might have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

In his statement, Murdoch responded directly to the public outrage, calling "If I Did It" an "ill-considered project." Murdoch also cited the victim's families saying News Corp is "sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

Last week relatives of the victims expressed outraged.

"There's nothing that's OK about this whole thing to me," said Kim Goldman, victim's sister.

"It's an insult to my family. It's an insult to Nicole's family," said Fred Goldman, victim's father.

A dozen FOX affiliates said they wouldn't air the special, even as their network was promoting it. Even FOX's own commentators were in revolt.

"It's an appalling idea," Geraldo Rivera said.

"If any company sponsors the TV program, I will not buy anything from them - ever," Bill O'Reilly said.

Now that the project has been pulled, the question remains, why do it in the first place?

The Louisville FOX affiliate didn't plan on broadcasting the interview. WDRB in Louisville, Ky., joined a small list of affiliates who weren't planning on airing it. The general manager said WDRB has received numerous e-mails and phone calls protesting the program.


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