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O.J. wants to do Blake trial play-by-play. That's the extent of his reality-TV ambition, he says

O.J. Simpson told the Associated Press on Thursday that, despite allowing himself to be filmed going about his business in the last couple of years, he has had no plans to star in a reality TV series. However, he said, he would like to take a stab at doing commentary on the upcoming Robert Blake murder trial. ''I'd love to do it,'' he said, adding that outlets he declined to name had approached him with offers. ''I think I have a lot of insight,'' he said, without apparent irony. ''I don't know if he's guilty or not but I know there's no such thing anymore as innocent until proven guilty.''

Simpson acknowledged that he had allowed film production company Spiderboy to follow him with a camera in 2001 and 2002 as he emceed various rap concerts. Spiderboy and the Fort Worth-based Urban America Television Network announced this week that they were planning a 13-week reality series this summer (to air on Urban America's 75 broadcast outlets nationwide) built around the footage, with Simpson's attorney complaining that the show was being made without the Juice's permission.

Simpson said the footage, beside onstage and backstage clips, included shots of him traveling, arriving at airports (was he running?), and signing autographs. ''To be honest, this footage would get pretty boring," he said. "Maybe for a half hour it would be interesting but not for a series. I had a lot of fun. We were welcomed everywhere. But this was not meant to be shown anywhere except as rebuttal to those who say I'm a pariah.''

Spiderboy has said it owns the footage outright, and Simpson said that he did not receive any money for appearing in it. In fact, he says, he has avoided working so that his earnings will not be garnished to pay the $33.5 million judgment to the Brown and Goldman families that was ordered after a civil jury found him liable for the1994 slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. ''I didn't commit the crime and I don't think these people deserve anything,'' he said. ''I'm not putting myself in a position of having to give them anything.''

Originally posted Apr 25, 2003
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