Twelve years after an interview between O.J. Simpson and Judith Regan was first recorded, audiences have finally heard what Fox billed as Simpson's "shocking hypothetical account" of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.
Fox aired the two-hour "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?," Sunday night during which the former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner outlined a hypothetical scenario on how he might have killed his ex-wife and her friend, crimes he was acquitted for, but ultimately deemed responsible for in a civil lawsuit.
In the interview, the former NFL running back goes back and forth between using hypotheticals and speculative statements to using "I" statements that don't sound as speculative.
At one point, Simpson refers to a friend he identifies as "Charlie," who joined him while he went to confront his ex-wife. He says Charlie handed him the knife that was used as the murder weapon in the scenario.
"As things got heated, I just remember Nicole fell and hurt herself and this guy kind of got into a karate thing. And I said, 'Well, you think you can kick my ass?' And I remember I grabbed the knife, I do remember that portion, taking a knife from Charlie, and to be honest after that I don't remember, except I'm standing there and there's all kind of stuff around and... umm..." he said, trailing off.
"What kind of stuff?" Regan asked.
"Blood and stuff around," he replied.
Regan then asks him to describe the murder scene.
"It's hard for me to describe it," OJ says. "I don't think any two people could be murdered the way they were without everyone being covered in blood." '
The interview was initially shelved twelve years ago after a large public outcry that Simpson might be profiting off the murders with his "hypothetical" confession book "If I Did It." Regan was fired by NewsCorp and the book finally published by the Goldman family.
The two-hour special was presented with limited commercial interruption alongside a panel discussion with guests; Attorney Christopher Darden, Nicole Brown Simpson's friend, Eve Shakti Chen, an anti-domestic violence expert Rita Smith, and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente.
Simpson was released last October after serving seven years for kidnapping and armed robbery in a Nevada prison.
“The one thing that concerns me, other than me being considered a murderer, is being considered a batterer,” Simpson says. “I wish some things I could have done differently.”