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Fox, NBC to air O.J. Simpson interviews

Ten years after the double murder for which he was acquitted, O.J. Simpson says in a rare television interview that he is angry at his slain ex-wife and hopes to star in a new TV reality show.
/ Source: Reuters

Ten years after the double murder for which he was acquitted but left a virtual pariah, O.J. Simpson says in a rare television interview that he is angry at his slain ex-wife and hopes to star in a new TV reality show.

“There are times I am angry at her,” the former football star said in an interview set to air next week with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, who covered Simpson’s 1994-95 trial on charges of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Excerpts of the interview, conducted in a Florida hotel and set to air next Monday on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” were released by the cable channel on Thursday.

“There are things that she could be doing with the kids better than than I, you know? When, it’s emotional stuff, especially with my daughter, I am angry with her,” Simpson said of his former wife. “I am angry that she found herself hanging out with the group of — who are these people?”

"Dateline NBC" will air a special “Dateline NBC” edition on Friday featuring its own Simpson interview with Katie Couric that will be taped earlier in the day.

(MSNBC is a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft.)

Acquitted of murder charges in the June 12, 1994, double slaying but later found liable for their deaths in a civil trial, Simpson has steadfastly maintained his innocence, insisting his ex-wife fell victim to a shadowy world of crime and drugs surrounding a group of friends she cultivated before her death.

Since families of the murder victims were awarded $33.5 million in damages in 1997, Simpson and his children have retreated into relative seclusion, living near Miami on a $4 million pension that is exempt from civil court judgments.

Asked by Van Susteren about reports of his involvement in an upcoming reality show, Simpson said, “it’s a takeoff on something called ‘Punk’d”’, an MTV hidden-camera show featuring Ashton Kutcher pranks on celebrities. “It’s me doing gags as Juice...what they call ‘juicing’ people.” Simpson earned the nickname Juice during his legendary career as a running back in the National Football League.

Ranking the chances the show will come to fruition on a scale of one to 10, Simpson said, “It’s seven or eight, that it’s gonna happen.”

He also expressed sympathy for two other celebrities facing high-profile criminal cases at the moment — pop singer Michael Jackson and basketball star Kobe Bryant — saying he considers both innocent until proven guilty.

A Fox News spokesman said it is believed to be Simpson’s first sit-down network TV interview since on-camera appearances with Fox News and NBC in late July 2000.

Although Van Susteren was the first to land a Simpson interview for the 10th anniversary of the murder case, NBC sought to beat Fox News to the punch with a special “Dateline NBC” edition on Friday.

But Fox later said it would present clips from its interview during Van Susteren’s show Thursday night and again throughout the day Friday.

Segments of Couric’s interview also will be shown Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.