"If I Did It" Canceled - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

11/20/06

"If I Did It" Canceled

The plug has been pulled on the O. J. Simpson book and television special.

They were supposed to show -- in the hypothetical -- how Simpson would have killed his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.  A statement from News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch says that the project was "ill-considered."

The project had been hit with a firestorm of criticism, and a dozen Fox affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part special planned for next week.

Lin Broadcasting and Pappas Broadcasting say the programming doesn't serve the public interest and they don't want to help Simpson profit from the project.

In "If I Did It," Simpson talks in hypothetical terms about his role in the 1994 killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. It had been scheduled for November 27th and 29th and precedes the November 30th publication of a book where Simpson talks about how he would have committed the murders "if he were the one responsible."

Fox stations in most of the nation's biggest cities are owned by Fox and will abide by the network's decision on what to air.

There are about 200 Fox affiliates across the country.

The book "If I Did It" was being published by ReganBooks, a HarperCollins imprint that is owned by News Corporation.  Borders, one of the nation's largest superstore chains, said last week it would donate any profits on the book to charity.

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