After American Idol premiered in 2002 and gave the network a much-needed blockbuster, the network began to shed its tacky, tawdry shock-TV past, and started building its schedule around scripted programming and reality TV competitions like So You Think You Can Dance and Hell's Kitchen.
It has been nearly 24 years since the murders of Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman yet the world is trying to solve the mystery surrounding their deaths. In 2006, Simpson sat down with Regan for an interview to coincide with his book If I Did It, which was pegged as a hypothetical account of the murders. He also said Nicole fell and hurt herself. Based on what Simpson said, the argument could be made that he was there, having been handed a knife, and in his words, lost time and recollection of what was happening.
O.J. went into even more freakish territory when describing the night of June 12. "Because when he said that O.J. had a history, police were at their house all the time, eight or nine times, that was the first time that week that I kinda woke up!"
"I didn't think anybody could be murdered the way they were without everybody covered in blood".
Social media was in a frenzy during the special, with users giving their take on whether O.J. Simpson committed the crimes.
At a particularly disturbing moment in the interview, Simpson claims that on the night of the murders, he hypothetically would have followed "Charlie" into Ms Brown-Simpson's house to make sure there was "no problem". Darden did not hide his disgust at seeing the previously unaired footage, and he called out a high-profile rapper for seemingly supporting Simpson years later.
One was a documentary on ESPN, the other a drama on FX, each looking back at the trial and the issues of race, celebrity, money, power, the law, sexism and domestic abuse it raised.
OJ Simpson was not convicted of murder, but many believed that he got away with murder. The writer/producer's shocking revelation was oddly timed with the announcement that Simpson's lost interview, "O.J". That's why Rupert Murdoch eventually apologized for partnering on the project and shelving the interview and why the publisher spiked Simpson's book.
Simpson became a pariah even after the acquittals. It remains to be seen what character Simpson was supposed to voice.
"In the book the hypothetical is Charlie came by and mentioned something about what was going on at her house", Simpson said in the interview, referring to his ex-wife.
Simpson claimed that he was simply acting out of concern for his kids.
O'Brien and her panelists reminded viewers that Nicole didn't just fall. In fact, he swung the knife at her and hit her in the face with the blunt end.
Plus, this stuff about what he remembered?
After Regan asked the follow-up question which yielded the "blood and stuff" answer, Simpson appears to catch himself and laughs uncomfortably, saying "I hate to say this, but this is hypothetical". "It's hard for me to describe it". Officials never discovered who murdered them. Simpson: The Last Confession, later on Sunday night.