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NBC logoThe Lost O.J. Interview Tapes

Date: October 11, 1995

Time: 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)

Place: NBC Studios, Burbank, Calif.

NBC's Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric



With ex-football star,

TV pitchman,

Sports commentator,

B-movie comedy actor ("The Naked Gun"),

Acquitted double-murder defendant,

O.J. Simpson

Brokaw: Welcome to NBC's exclusive, uncut, uncensored, live interview with O.J. Simpson. O.J., for some 14 months now, we've watched you in court, wondering what you were thinking. How you felt...about this trial of your life, this TRIAL OF THE CENTURY...this horrible, brutal crime that you were accused of committing against your former wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The first question then, now that you have been found not guilty, where are you going with your life?

Simpson: Why, I'm going to Disney World, Tom.

Couric: O.J., there are reports that you will soon remarry, either in the Caribbean or Fiji. Are they true, and which location is it?

Simpson: [Turns to his attorney, who whispers in ear.] Katie. Thanks for asking, but on the advice of counsel I just can't comment.

Brokaw: C'mon, Juice. You said from the outset that you would not refuse to answer any questions. We must insist on a more specific response. This network is too broke to commit news helicopters to two such far-removed locations. Give us a break, O.J., and spill the beans.

Simpson: I would say that I could not, did not and would not wed in a non-tropical locale. Let's just leave it at that.

Couric: Thank you, O.J. Now about the crime itself. When did you first realize that you might be considered a suspect and what were you thinking when the police began to question you?

Simpson: My mind began to race. I had just gotten off the plane from Chicago, and I couldn't remember whether I had registered for the frequent flyer points. But truth is that even at that point, I was convinced that I didn't do it--the crime, that is.

Brokaw: So you always knew that you were innocent.

Simpson: That's right, Tom. I want to assure you and your viewers [turns, nods to camera] that this has always been a misunderstanding. I'm just not capable of something like this. I'm just ready to put this behind me and get on with my life. I've been behind bars for a year and...

Couric: You must have missed a lot of life's simple pleasures, like golf and shopping...

Simpson: I can see where you're going with that, Katie. You were going to say for apparel and cutlery, weren't you.

Couric: Well, now that you've brought it up. What's up with those incredible shrinking gloves and knit cap?

Brokaw: Good question. I was just about to ask that.

Simpson: [Attorney whispers in ear]. Again, I've been advised not to comment, but I will be going to the Galleria moments after a limo whisks me away from this pressure-filled interview.

Brokaw: We're just about out of time. O.J., let me just say on behalf of all of us here at NBC News that we appreciate the scoop.

Couric: Thank you, O.J.

Simpson: Thank you.

[Fade to NBC peacock]

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