Friday, April 25, 2003
Los Angeles Contrary to widely circulated reports, O.J. Simpson said Thursday he wouldn't be the star of a reality television show, but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake's murder trial.
"I have no plans in any way to do a reality show even though people have approached me about it," Simpson said in a telephone interview from his Miami home. "I'm not looking to do anything. I don't have agents out there looking for something for O.J."
Simpson said he had been contacted about a reality show that would chronicle his day-to-day life but he was not interested.
"There's no plans in the Simpson family to have any cameras coming in our house," he said.
But Simpson said he knew where the new reports came from: He's aware of video footage shot during his travels to a series of hip-hop concerts in 2001 and 2002.
Urban Television Network Corp., a satellite and cable channel, and production company Spiderboy International planned to create 13 one-hour episodes of the show using archived footage of Simpson. But Simpson's lawyer said he hadn't been contacted about it.
As for commenting on the Blake case, Simpson said TV outlets had contacted him.
"I'd love to do it," he said. "I think I have a lot of insight. I don't know if he's guilty or not but I know there's no such thing anymore as innocent until proven guilty."
Blake is accused of murdering wife Bonny Lee Bakley in 2001 in Los Angeles. He's free on $1.5 million bail.