The head of News Corp. says O.J. Simpson’s book and television special titled “If I Did It” both will be cancelled. According to a reports, Rupert Murdoch said they were “ill considered” projects. He said, “We are sorry for any pain that his has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.” 

Nine Fox affiliates in seven states owned by Lin Broadcasting and Pappas Broadcasting already had said they would not air the two-part television special, which was scheduled for Nov. 27 and 29 during November sweeps week, because they didn’t want to help Simpson profit from it. 

In the book and tv special, Simpson discussed hypothetically how he would have killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. According to reports, Borders still plans to carry the book and donate the proceeds to charity while Barnes and Noble has no plans to carry the item. Other book stores have yet to decide.

News Corp., which owns Fox News, also owns ReganBooks, the publishing house that was printing Simpson’s book. Judith Regan, Simpson’s publisher, says she considered the book to be Simpson’s confession. Regan has published books by California death row inmate Scott Peterson, who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Connor; and porn star Jenna Jameson. 

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder, but was found liable in a wrongful death suit filed by Goldman’s family.

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