The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was a massive hit for FX, bringing in huge ratings and winning nine Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, and two Golden Globes. It topped our Best Shows of 2016 poll, but there’s at least one person who disagrees with the ranking: O.J. Simpson. The running back-turned-actor-turned-convict reportedly “hates” American Crime Story, despite not having seen an episode. The televisions at Lovelock Correctional Center, where Simpson is currently serving a 9-to-33 year prison sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon (as opposed to a life sentence for that… other trial), get cable, but not FX.
He might be able to check it out soon, though.
The Juice could be loose (again) as soon as October, if a parole hearing in July goes his way. “Previous ratings of Simpson have scored him in the low-risk category for release,” according to CNN. “At least four of seven commissioners will have to vote in Simpson’s favor in order for him to be released.” Simpson and three others were arrested in 2007 for stealing memorabilia from dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel. “The former pro football star said at his sentencing that he was trying to reclaim family heirlooms and other personal items that had been stolen from him,” CNN reports, “and claimed that he was unaware his associates were carrying guns.” Simpson was found guilty on October 3, 2008, exactly 13 years after he was acquitted for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
Goldman’s father, Fred, told CNN, “Simpson has proven over and over again, throughout his life, he has absolutely no concern for the law or authority.”
Or for great television.