The New York Post ran a story on Sunday that claimed O.J. Simpson’s representatives had reached out to producers at Charlie Sheen’s FX show Anger Management about the convicted felon appearing in a recurring role on the show as “a thinly veiled version of himself — a famous con who’s pissed off about being unjustly incarcerated.” According to O.J.’s “longtime promoter,” Norman Pardo, a senior production executive on the show responded positively to this offer, saying, “Anger Management with O.J. Simpson? That would be a perfect fit!” and a bunch of other people ran with it, presumably because “O.J. SIMPSON COMING TO ANGER MANAGEMENT? MAYBE!” is an irresistible headline. But let’s just pick out a few tiny problems with this story:
- The only outlet reporting this was the New York Post, which is notorious at this point for incorrect reporting, and their only source was a man who is described as O.J. Simpson’s “longtime promoter.”
- O.J. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, and is not eligible for parole until 2017, which will make it very hard to film a television show in the near future. (Although he is currently petitioning for a new trial.)
- When someone actually did reach the producers of Anger Management and executives at Fox for comment, they shot it down unequivocally, saying “It will never happen.”
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