Footage from an interview conducted with retired football player OJ Simpson in 2006 aired over the weekend and featured Simpson, who was infamously found not guilty in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, making a “hypothetical” confession about how he would have committed the high-profile murder.
The interview was shot around the time Simpson gave another hypothetical account of the murders in the book “If I Did It,” written by Fred and Kim Goldman. The book was initially shelved after public outcry, but was eventually released in 2007 by another publisher.
The chilling confession caused a lot buzz on social media Sunday night, with the hashtag “#DidOJConfess” trending on Twitter throughout the broadcast. Many viewers went into the first part of the interview with their minds already made up with regards to Simpson’s guilt.
After all the public expectation, O.J. Simpson wants you to know that his his ‘If I Did It’ TV special was NOT a confession to murder. Simpson gave his first sit-down interview since leaving prison to the Buffalo News and gave his own take on “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?”. He said:
“When people want to make money or get p, they’re going to pimp me. I’m going to get pimped.”
Simpson says his friends had been teasing him about the show and whether or not it was a REAL confession.
“Listen, if I confessed 12 years ago, you would have heard about it 12 years ago!”
When asked if he’s watched the FOX special, Simpson replied:
“I watch nothing of me. I didn’t watch the [FOX special] because I knew they were all haters, and people will say things that are just not true, and there’s nobody there to challenge them, and that would piss me off.”
“So why [watch it]? It’s a beautiful day. I’m about to go play golf. Why should I have some crap in my mind? You’ve got to let it go.”
The interview, which was part of a two-hour Fox special and has long remained under lock and key, was cleared for release by the family of the murder victims. Simpson’s acquittal in the murder trial was seen at the time as a miscarriage of justice, and remains controversial to this day. Executive producer Terry Wrong said the interview was initially kept from airing because the families of the murder victims didn’t want Simpson to profit from its release.