Two broadcasting companies that own a combined nine FOX affiliates have said they will not air the upcoming two-part interview in which O.J. Simpson explains how he would have killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, “if he were the one responsible.”
The interview will air on Nov. 27 and 29, two of three days in the November sweeps. But Lin Broadcasting and Pappas Broadcasting have said they will not air the show, according to the Associated Press.
Lin owns affiliates in Green Bay, Wis.; Mobile, Ala.; Toledo, Ohio; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Providence, R.I. The Pappas stations are in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.; Fresno, Calif.; and Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Pappas executives said they are not interested in helping Simpson profit from the project. Jay Zollar, general manager of WLUK-TV in Green Bay, said airing the program would not serve “the local public interest.”
There are some 200 FOX affiliates in the U.S. Those in most of the largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, are owned by FOX and will follow the network’s decision on what to air.
A FOX spokesman had no comment Sunday about the decision by Lin and Pappas executives.
Simpson was acquitted of the two murders in 1995, following a criminal trial in Los Angeles. In 1997, a civil jury found him liable for the deaths. He still owes the victims’ families more than $33.5 million.
The TV interview precedes the release of a book in which Simpson talks about how he would have committed the murders.
The victims’ families have blasted Simpson, FOX and publisher Judith Regan for what Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister Denise Brown called “promoting the wrongdoing of criminals.”