O.J. Simpson Is Set To Be Released This Year After Serving 9 Years Of His 33 Year Sentence And TV Production Companies Want To Sign Him For A Realty Show After TV Shows About His Crime Had Much Success In The Past Year.
O.J. Simpson is set to cash in on his notoriety by appearing on reality TV when he is released from prison this year.
Simpson could be released as early as October after serving just nine years of his 33-year sentence, subject to the result of a parole hearing, which is due to take place in July this year.
According to TMZ, reality TV production companies are keen to sign Simpson, floating ideas for shows including a televised interview and a documentary.
TMZ ‘contacted a number of reality TV production companies, TV agents and platforms where such a show could run’, and reported that ‘some producers are getting ready to scramble to sign him.’
The producers said the show would likely air on Pay-Per-View because broadcasters would face a public backlash if they tried to air the show, and advertisers would be unlikely to pay for slots.
While O.J. remains incarcerated, television shows about him have been big hits, including drama The People v. O.J. Simpson and Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America.
October 1 is the earliest possible parole date for the 69-year-old former NFL star, and it is expected that a parole board will recommend his release due to his age and the fact that he has been a ‘model prisoner’ inside.
The points-based system in Nevada reflects issues such as gang membership, drug and alcohol abuse and age in assessing parole eligibility.
He would need less than five points to be considered ‘low risk’, and will need to win over four of seven commissioners at his parole hearing.
Since 2008, Simpson has been imprisoned at Lovelock Correctional Center, a medium-security facility in rural Nevada.
He was found guilty in 2008 of 12 counts including kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Simpson and armed accomplices robbed memorabilia collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong of Simpson memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room in November 2007.
Simpson, who has claimed that he was unaware that the men with him were armed, alleged the pair had stolen items from him.
The conviction was 13 years to the day after Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in one of the most famous trials in American history.
Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5million in damages, made up of $8.5 million in compensatory damages to the Goldmans and $25 million in punitive damages to be split between the Goldmans and Nicole’s children.
An auction of O.J.’s belongings in 1999 raised almost $500,000, which went to the Goldman family, they but could not by law touch his $25,000-a-month pension from the NFL.
In 1997, he was evicted from the home where he had lived for 20 years, at 360 North Rockingham Avenue, after defaulting on the mortgage, and he subsequently moved from California to Miami in Florida, one of the few states where a person’s home cannot be seized to collect a debt.