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Fox to Air O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession Against ABC's American Idol

Hmm that's suspicious timing

Lindsay MacDonald

Back in 2006, O.J. Simpson sat down with producer and host Judith Regan for an in-depth interview about the notorious murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but the tapes from that interview never made it to air.

The interview was part of the controversy surrounding the proposed book If I Did It, in which Simpson discussed how he would have murdered the pair if he did it. The book's release was canceled over outrage that Simpson might profit off the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman, and the Fox interview was subsequently shelved as well. At the time, Rupert Murdoch said, "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson."

Fox plans to air this interview on Sunday, March 11 in a special two-hour event.

"I'm going to tell you a story you've never heard before," Simpson previews in these tapes. "It takes place the night of June 12, 1994, and it concerns the murders of my ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her young friend Ronald Goldman. Forget everything you think you know about that night because I know the facts better than anyone. This is one story the whole world got wrong."

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Soledad O'Brien will host the two-hour broadcast, which will air the interview with limited interruptions and feature public service announcements on domestic violence awareness. She'll be joined by experts and analysts who will discuss the history of the case and provide context for Simpson's interview.

The decision to finally air this special comes at an odd time, considering the O.J. resurgence was at its most intense just after Ryan Murphy's The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story debuted two years ago. That bubble has definitively burst. This event coincidentally falls on the very Sunday that ABC will premiere its version of American Idol-- which previously belonged to Fox --so there may be a little bit of vindictive counter-programming going on here.

O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession will air Sunday, March 11 on Fox.