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News Corp. Cancels O.J. Simpson Book and TV Special

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Nov 21, 2006 | 5:13am EST

News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch yesterday cancelled the O.J. Simpson book and upcoming TV special If I Did It, after a barrage of criticism.

Bosses at a dozen Fox Broadcasting affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part special, planned to precede the Nov. 30 publication of the book by Regan Books, also owned by News Corp.

Murdoch said, "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project.

"We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

In both the book and the show, Simpson speaks hypothetically about how he would have committed the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Goldman.

Goldman's father Fred had slammed the idea, saying, "He destroyed my son and took from my family Ron's future and life. And for that I'll hate him always and find him despicable."

The former football star was acquitted in 1995 of murder charges, but was later found liable for the deaths in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Goldman family.

Publisher Judith Regan said she considered the book to be Simpson's confession.

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