O.J. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008. But the former football star could be free as early as this October. According to TMZ, if that happens, reality TV producers will be scrambling to sign him.
The website reports that, after reaching out to various players in the reality TV industry, reactions ranged from some “recoiling in disgust” at the idea of working with him, to those eager to capitalize on his infamy.
Given the often-exploitative nature of reality TV, combined with recent renewed interest in Simpson — thanks to several projects from 2016 including FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” — this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Simpson is no stranger to reality TV. He once starred in a super low-budget rip-off of “Punk’d” called “Juiced,” which aired in the decade after he was acquitted in the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
Those who watched the Oscar-winning doc “O.J.: Made In America” might remember clips of the prank show, filmed during Simpson’s time living in Florida. These clips felt like the darkest part of the documentary, which is strange, given much of the film dealt with a horrific and brutal murder.