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No reality show for OJ Simpson
OJ Simpson
Simpson said he may commentate at Robert Blake's murder trial
Former sport and movie star OJ Simpson has confirmed he will not be taking part in a planned 13-part reality TV series on his life.

"I have no plans in any way to do a reality show even though people have approached me about it," Simpson said on Thursday.

"I'm not looking to do anything. I don't have agents out there looking for something for OJ."

He said that he had been contacted for a reality show visiting his home - similar to The Osbournes.

But he said "there's no plans in the Simpson family to have any cameras coming in our house".

A Florida cable and satellite company, Urban Television Network Corporation, wanted to use footage of Simpson at hip-hop concerts.

Simpson said he knew the footage had come from his visits to several hip-hop shows in 2001 and 2002.

"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."

No involvement

He said the footage was nothing more than him arriving at airports, signing autographs and talking at several concerts.

Simpson's lawyer Yale Galanter said earlier this week the company could not bill it as his show because his client was not involved.

"He's not in a show," Mr Galanter, said. "They can't have a reality TV show and call it the OJ Simpson TV show without our involvement."

On its website, the channel said it had "been approached by a group in Florida about the possibility of airing an OJ Simpson mini-documentary based upon footage taken in 2000 and 2001".

Blake trial

The footage was filmed by Miami production company Spiderboy International.

While Simpson said he would not appear in the show, he said he may features as a news correspondent in the upcoming murder trial of actor Robert Blake.

"I'd love to do it," he said. "I think I have a lot of insight. I don't know if he's guilty or not but I know there's no such thing anymore as innocent until proven guilty."

The former football star and Naked Gun actor was acquitted of the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994.

The case drew international attention after Simpson was caught on TV cameras being chased by police down a Los Angeles freeway.

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