The quasi-confession of O.J. Simpson, the former football player and celebrity tried and acquitted in 1995 for killing his former wife and her friend, aired last night on the Fox television network, more than 11 years after it was scuttled in a bow to good taste.
The repackaged show not only was a transparent grab for ratings (it was slotted against the revived American Idol show on ABC); it revealed little new about Simpson and the sensational murder case.
Much of the show's pivotal content — which came as Simpson haltingly described how he would have committed the grisly crimes — has been in the public domain for years. The New York Times reported in 2007 on a partial transcript of the program that Fox's parent company, News Corporation, had canceled a few months before.