OJ Simpson Gets AXED … News Corp Cancels Book & Network TV Special




(Vanderbilt – ’06)

Who says the people do not have power? The calls in to Fox, News Corp, Fox affiliates, their sponsors has been tremendous in the outrage to giving OJ Simpson  a forum to discuss and make money off the blood of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman. The American people have spoken and it was loud. Win one for the good guys.

News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special “If I Did It.”

“I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. “We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.” (Fox News)

What could Rupert Murdoch and News Corp been thinking in the first place? The main stream media had better of learned a lesson. The American public will not tolerate certain things. It isn’t always about ratings, sometimes it’s about humanity. There are certain things the American people will not tolerate. Giving OJ a forum to make money off two people’s murder is one of them.

The industry trade publication Broadcasting & Cable editorialized against the show Monday, saying “FOX should cancel this evil sweeps stunt.”

No excuses in the world from Judith Regan were going to justify a book deal to OJ. Fox correspondents could run from this story all they wanted to claiming it was Fox Entertainment, not Fox News. The bottom line it was all being orchestrated  under the parent company, News Corp.

Sister Toldjah says it well: Sanity & Common sense prevailed

(Breitbart) After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special “If I Did It.”

What is most sick about this OJ book is that people out there actually bought a book from an individual that a civil court found guilty. The book, If I Did it, prior to being pulled reached the Top 20 on Amazon. Simply disgusting.

One station manager who had said he wasn’t airing the special said he was concerned that whether or not Simpson was guilty, he’d still be profiting from murders.

“I have my own moral compass and this was easy,” said Bill Lamb, general manager of WDRB in Louisville.

Michelle Malkin, “Out of juice”

Now, may O.J. crawl back into his hellhole with a large warning sign to the rest of the MSM: Don’t feed the troll.

Posted November 20, 2006 by
Bizarre, Celebrity, Media, Murder, WTF | 42 comments

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    42 Responses to “OJ Simpson Gets AXED … News Corp Cancels Book & Network TV Special”

    1. Kat_Gram on November 20th, 2006 5:04 pm

      What could Rupert Murdoch and News Corp been thinking in the first place? The main stream media had better of learned a lesson. The American public will not tolerate certain things.
      With Fox you have to have a high tolerance for crap and Greta. But this latest stunt with OJ if just way too much.
      Guess Fox doesn’t have a clue what is acceptable or not.

    2. Robots on November 20th, 2006 5:23 pm

      hmmmmmm…. so i guess it has been determind that BOYCOTTS
      do work !!

      TOILET BOYCOTT — more effective every day

      oh and by the way, TOILET knows why their tourism is in the toilet, they just REFUSE to deal with the issue. WHICH SCREAMS “they know what it really is about” but continue to think it will go away ….ummmmmmmm

      NOT A CHANCE of that having

      and then we have the KILLER OJ

      yea, get off the TV screen OJ you loser

    3. bc on November 20th, 2006 5:24 pm

      I am so glad that this book & interview has been cancelled although how it got this far along is beyond belief. Hopefully the same public outrage can now be directed towards Joran Van der Sloots book. Now that OJ has resurfaced it occurred to me that he belongs in Aruba where they looks the other way in these matters.

    4. hummingbird7525 on November 20th, 2006 5:30 pm


    5. mayan_moons on November 20th, 2006 5:48 pm

      I knew this crap wasn’t gonna fly with the majority of Americans. No respect for the dead, the victims or the families and neither does Aruba!

    6. Mike on November 20th, 2006 6:07 pm

      aruba, take notice of this story. do you still think that americans do not care about an injustice? better guess again. but you would have to have some sort of morals to understand. it has become very apparent that you can not even comprehend the definition of the word. the toilet handle has been pushed. say hello to oj.

    7. mac on November 20th, 2006 6:38 pm

      OJ has made a mockery of our justice system. It’s about time we put a stop on him. He is a joke. Can you believe that he can still keep his advance for his book. What a farce.

    8. Maggie on November 20th, 2006 7:49 pm

      I was watching John Gibson on Fox talk about this tonight. I thought I heard him say that Judith Regan said about the interview, he admitted his guilt. I can’t imagine anyone writing a book telling how he would kill the mother of his children, except him, he’s that psycho.

    9. IndyDan on November 20th, 2006 8:45 pm

      Cooler heads prevaled in the end. Someone finally did the math between what shock journalism brings in versus bottom line. Someone with some smarts decided this wasn’t worth the gamble. Wonder where that leaves Greta?

    10. molly on November 20th, 2006 9:03 pm

      Did he have a contract ???. Does he still get the money?
      I sure hope not else he is laughing at us all the way
      to the bank.

    11. Maggie on November 20th, 2006 9:07 pm

      Dan if he was in Aruba, they would’ve cancelled the appearances by the Goldmans and Browns and paraded OJ around like a posterchild.

    12. tex on November 20th, 2006 9:12 pm

      in a year fox news should have ratings below cbs, abc, nbc, cnn, etc for greta siding with urin; evil boomarangs always come back mega fold.

    13. Richard on November 20th, 2006 9:14 pm

      From what I’ve read, the real reason that Fox cancelled the whole thing was not the moral outrage … but rather, they were unable to get advertisers for the show.

      This is part and parcel of the real outrage: you and I buy consumer goods and services, and companies take part of these revenues and buy ad time on TV. None of us has any control over what programs they run.

      Maybe, just maybe, this could start a new trend … socially responsible advertising purchases. God only knows what path this will take us down, but it offers a prospect of improvement from the current miasma.

      Let’s hope now that heads roll at Fox, and that someone is held responsible for entertaining this idiotic notion in the first place.

    14. Mortella on November 20th, 2006 9:47 pm

      Fox did the right thing and I think they are to be commended for doing so.

      It is so refreshing to see somebody who has made a mockery of the justice system get a smackdown. But remember it was the jury who refused to deliver the obvious verdict in the aftermath of Rodney King and the rioting. They brought other issues into the court room and that is wrong.

      OJ has to be the sorriest father on the planet! Those kids deserve better.

      Fox News not only pulled the interview, they issued an apology from the top to the families of the victims. Kudos to Fox. We need more of this kind of treatment of those who flaunt the law and show no respect for human life.

    15. strayze on November 20th, 2006 9:51 pm

      Thank goodness this schtick is ended. May the oj-slime slither off to the nearest hole it came from, and we never again see or hear from it.

    16. Richard on November 20th, 2006 10:20 pm

      Yahoo carried an excerpt from an article by Christopher Hutchins (I think that was the name) who asserted that Simpson is basically illiterate … he can hardly read or write. I’m in no position to judge the truth of that statement, but the writer evidently thinks it’s accurate.

      If so, who wrote the book for Simpson, and why? Was it just to raise money, or was he trying to thumb his nose at Americans, the justice system and God knows what else?

      Or was it some inner need to toy with the collective public mind … like the whining petulant child who keeps dancing around the danger point at which he’ll be sent to bed without any supper?

    17. mac on November 20th, 2006 10:23 pm

      Richard: I heard the same thing. Fox cancelled the whole thing because nobody would advertise. Bottom line they wouldn’t make any money. Also I just heard Nicole Brown’s sister Denise say that OJ got $3,500,000 in advance. So it looks like that black, football player is laughing all the way to the bank while thumbing his nose at us. I thought for sure someone would have nailed him by now. But 12 years later he is still here.

    18. slogmonster (previously stumpwater) on November 20th, 2006 10:37 pm

      I am so relieved that both the show and the book were pulled.

      Maybe now OJ will get the hint that we no longer care to hear from him ever again?

      Unless he comes clean…not holding my breath.

    19. Sahara on November 20th, 2006 11:55 pm

      Maybe OJ could go to aruba and he and Joran could look for the “real” killers together…

    20. Jasmine on November 21st, 2006 12:37 am

      It figures that Fox only pulled this because Advertisers wanted no part of it. At least it got axed and sent a message to OJ. I feel so sorry for his kids.

    21. Ramlady on November 21st, 2006 2:13 am

      It was not the lack of advertisers or advertisers pulling out that got the show cancelled; it was the huge firestorm of criticism from the public and the twelve local Fox affiliates who refused to air the show. No matter the reason, I’m just glad they pulled the plug on it and the book, but the word is O.J. has already been paid for the book deal anyway. I hope they can find some way to see that he does not get to keep this “blood money” if that is true.

    22. Mortella on November 21st, 2006 2:43 am

      Well, Ruppert Murdoch personally wrote an apology to both families. That’s good enough for me and I seriously doubt that there was any problem finding sponsors and advertising. There are always those companies with an agenda to promote leniency for perps.

      I think most advertising is sold in blocks by time and not by show or content of show.

    23. downloadingd on November 21st, 2006 3:10 am

      OJ still gets 3.5 million? what a screwed up world we live in!

    24. altruist on November 21st, 2006 6:25 am

      News Corp. should be prosecuted for MONEY LAUNDERING in their forwarding funds to this murderer in a devious manner to escape the law.

    25. kay zee ess on November 21st, 2006 8:09 am

      I mentioned on a previous item that I had no intention of watching this diabolical and more probable than not worthless “interview”, but my sense of Americas’ freedoms dictated that I do not impose my will on others who may want to cheapen or dirty themselves in a legal and constitutionally protected manner.

      The voices on this particular board, however, feel that we should put our hypothetical armbands on and engage in the bookburning and blockade of the program.

      Congratulations on your success, you’re all real winners. Should Fox possess any moral compass at all, the network should place the tripe on YouTube, where one can watch it or not. Unless, of course, Freedom IS slavery.

      As for the sling posted by #17(mac), Holy Mack’l,you mean O.J. is Black as well as a football player? Guess it wouldn’t irk you so much if he were white thumbing his nose at us, eh what?

    26. MIss-Underestimated on November 21st, 2006 8:22 am

      Yeahoooo…..finally some sanity……

    27. murph on November 21st, 2006 10:22 am

      What about the 12 that let OJ get away with these crimes.These people should get some air time on this!!

    28. Richard on November 21st, 2006 10:56 am

      No. 25, my question is: what makes an interview by O.J. Simpson newsworthy in the first place?

      Does he have new evidence to offer? New insights?

      It seemed to me to be the most blatant kind of self-promotion; first, having someone ghostwrite a book under his name. Then, voila! instant publicity/infamy (the two often are inseparable these days), and hoping cynically that the ensuing fracas would promote sales even more.

      And Fox, even more cynically, figuring that it would get viewers … and while the average citizens fulminate, they could raise their ad rates.

      The ONLY reason that Simpson would be offered this air time in the first place is that he is regarded as infamous. I’ve never committed a crime (take that on faith, please), but I have no illusions that Fox would want to interview me on anything.

      So what makes OJS newsworthy? Commercialism ….

      Fox always had the right to decide whether to air the interview. I’m glad as hell that, for once, the moral option prevailed. I still hope that whoever proposed the idea gets booted out.


      SM: Richard, you are correct. OJÂ  is not news worthy. What was news worthy was that the will of the people forced a major mega-corp to rethink and use common sense.

      This was not news, it was shock value ratings. Something the MSM has been far too guilty of lately. We all saw it coming … Nancy Grace with Melinda Duckett … the MSM with John Mark Karr and now OJ.

      The others were bad … OJ pushed the bounds of common decency to a new level.


    29. Richard on November 21st, 2006 10:57 am

      I would agree, though, that his race is irrelevant. This is an equal opportunity country; we have scum of all creeds and colors.

    30. mac on November 21st, 2006 11:42 am

      Preorders of his book pushed the book onto the Amazon.com TOP 20 best-sellers list. What sick people would want to read this trash? Last night I saw tape of him riding in a Rolls-Royce and people wanting autographs. I was hoping someone would pull out a gun. No such luck. How sick. Talk about sick. Jay Leno was talking about a guy who was caught by the police having sex with a dead deer. They could not arrest him because the deer was dead and it was not cruelty to animals. How sick!

    31. NOT AS STUPID AS YOU THINK on November 21st, 2006 11:48 am

      Don’t worry folks — Fred Goldmann has already swung into action and has his lawyers after the money!!! Never fear that he will let any money slip by him. OJ should have known better!

    32. Kate on November 21st, 2006 11:51 am

      Who is the third party that received the $3.5M, in order to avoid paying his court ordered debt to the Goldman’s and Brown’s? This person (or company) should suffer the same same boycott that the book has recieved.

    33. mac on November 21st, 2006 1:00 pm

      Kate: I believe the third party is his kids.

    34. mac on November 21st, 2006 1:13 pm

      Fred Goldman hasn’t seen any money yet. I hope he can get his hands on that 3.5 million. The problem is OJ has great attorney’s.

    35. para2legal on November 21st, 2006 4:05 pm

      OJ sucks.

    36. Carpe Noctem on November 21st, 2006 5:19 pm

      Right on, Vanderbilt.

      ‘No Ifs About It’

      OJ need not walk any farther than
      his own bathroom mirror to have a
      look at the real killer!

      The R E A L K I L L E R lives in MIA-SO FLO.
      He draws down on an NFL retirement pension,
      and golfs everyday, while looking for new
      girlfriends to beat.

      He needs to be keepin’ his hands off of
      the 3.5 million that will be going to the

      They’re probably going to need every
      cent of it…to pay off the
      Psychologist in charge of UNDOING the
      mental damage their deranged father
      has unleashed upon them.

    37. JusticeforNatalee on November 21st, 2006 5:28 pm

      He did it.
      He did it.
      He did it.


    38. ayfit on November 21st, 2006 7:05 pm

      #19 Great point Saraha;
      Can’t help but notice how many bloggers on this issue relate to Aruba.This news is certainly good news,now could we PLEASE get some of the same out of Aruba.Remember how we all suffered when the headlines would read ‘BREAKING NEWS OUT OF ARUBA” Only to result in corruption,and disapointment,or nothing at all. Will we ever get the truth?Note- I didn’t say- Know- the truth,we already KNOW the truth.Greta,Heard from Joran lately? J.Q.K. WAITING.

    39. Maggie on November 21st, 2006 7:55 pm

      If Fred Goldman just wanted money, he wouldn’t have opposed the book and show and let it go through, since his family and the Browns were offered all the money from it and they turned it down and still protested the book and show.

      A spokesman for News Corp., owner of Fox Broadcasting and publisher HarperCollins, confirmed that the company had conversations with representatives of Nicole Brown Simpson’s and Ron Goldman’s families over the past week and that the families were offered all profits from the planned Simpson book and television show, but he denied that it was hush money.

      “There were no strings attached,” News Corp. spokesman Andrew Butcher said.

      Denise Brown told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday that her family’s response was “Absolutely not.”

      “They wanted to offer us millions of dollars. Millions of dollars for, like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry’ money. But they were still going to air the show,” Brown said. “We just thought, ‘oh my god.’ What they’re trying to do is trying to keep us quiet, trying to make this like hush money, trying to go around the civil verdict, giving us this money to keep our mouths shut.”

      Is it ironic the person walking in the Bruno Magli $250plus shoes and leaving bloody shoe prints was dripping blood from the left side, and OJ had to get stitches for a bad cut on his left hand.

    40. Carpe Noctem on November 21st, 2006 8:42 pm

      This NO J satirical
      moment brought to you by…


    41. mac on November 22nd, 2006 12:31 pm

      I thought we would get street justice. I was wrong. He lives the good life. He makes me sick.

    42. Scared Monkeys on November 28th, 2006 12:34 pm

      [...] Who is more pathetic, OJ Simpson, his lawyer or the Networks? OJ’s book, interview and TV deal crashed and burned due to public outcry and common decency. Now OJ’s lawyer tells us that news execs are begging to talk with the man some of them denounced last week. You all deserve one another.    [...]

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