Monday, November 20, 2006

The O.J. Simpson story: FINALLY, clearer heads prevail

An hour ago, Galleycat quoted an Associated Press report that the controversial O.J. Simpson book and the TV interview have been scrapped:

Rupert Murdoch himself made the announcement: "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain that his has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

What a relief. Read more at Galleycat and follow Ron's link to the AP report.

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Carolyne said...

Thank goodness OJ isn't going to make any more money from this debacle. Or his publisher. Once in awhile my trust in society is restored.

Anonymous said...

I just heard on CNN. OJ was due his money from the book on its completion, and still received the couple million. He didn't get the $$$ though, he had it paid directly to a trust for his kids.

Brenda Coulter said...

Hey, Carolyne. It's good to see you over here.

I hadn't heard that, Anonymous, but I'm not following this story any more. I'm just relieved that the book and movie are dead (for now, at least).

Authors receive their advances before their books are released, so O.J.'s $3.5 million is his to keep. In general, when a publisher chooses to cancel a book (unless the author has plagiarized or otherwise failed to keep up his end of the deal), the author gets to keep the advance.

Even if the money has gone into a trust fund for O.J.'s children, he'll enjoy some tax advantages. And he's already had a boatload of the publicity he so craves. So he has profited from this enterprise, and that disgusts me.