Fox Cancels O.J. Simpson Special

News Corp. Chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch Issues Personal Apology

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- News Corp. today canceled O.J. Simpson's book and a two-part Fox TV special by issuing an unusual personal apology from Chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch.
News Corp. Chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch issued a personal apology for the network's now-canceled plans for an O.J. Simpson special.
News Corp. Chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch issued a personal apology for the network's now-canceled plans for an O.J. Simpson special. Credit: AP

"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," Mr. Murdoch said in a statement issued this afternoon.

Days of controversy
The statement came after days of controversy about the book, titled "If I Did It, This is How It Happened," that was to be a hypothetical accounting by Mr. Simpson about how he might have killed his ex-wife, Nicole, and Mr. Goldman.

New Corp.'s ReganBooks was to publish the book, and Fox was to air two hours of interviews with Mr. Simpson by Judith Regan about the book Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.

Some Fox stations had already refused to air the programs, which were also denounced by Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. Another arm of News Corp., however, had no problem promoting the special and book. The New York Post gave over its front page to a story about the book and specials, proclaiming the book a confession by Mr. Simpson, and gave over an inside page to Ms. Regan to explain why she was publishing the book.
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