A week after the announcement of the book and television interview, O.J. Simpson’s deal has been officially cancelled. Breitbart.com explains why Rupert Murdoch and the rest of News Corp. shelved the book where Simpson explains how he would have murdered two people if he had murdered them.
After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special “If I Did It.” “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. “We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.”
A dozen Fox affiliates had already said they would not air the two- part sweeps month special, planned for next week before the Nov. 30 publication of the book by ReganBooks. The publishing house is a HarperCollins imprint owned _ like the Fox network _ by News Corp.
In both the book and show, Simpson speaks in hypothetical terms about how he would have committed the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Goldman.
Relatives of the victims have lashed out at the now scuttled publication and broadcast plans. “He destroyed my son and took from my family Ron’s future and life. And for that I’ll hate him always and find him despicable,” Fred Goldman told ABC last week.
This is just another good example of how the public can make a difference when it comes to television. If enough people voice their disapproval of a show, the network will typically pull it to prevent the boycotting of their sponsors and the loss of revenue. Rupert Murdoch may say that he had a change of heart, but when it comes down to it, the dollar always talks the loudest.
The interview itself should never seen the light of day. It was a sweeps ratings stunt that backfired miserably. Even if Simpson was completely innocent of the crime that took place, this book deal demonstrated the lack of character of this once Heisman trophy winner. Just the fact that he publicly speculated on the death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman shows a stunning disregard for his children’s mental welfare and amoral tendancies towards making money.
Thanks to the Drudge Report for pointing out this article.