Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

O.J. Simpson denies murders in Sacha Baron Cohen spoof interview

O.J. Simpson denies murders in Sacha Baron Cohen spoof interview

Although Sacha Baron Cohen repeatedly goaded the former felon in a clear attempt to get a confession out of Simpson, he failed to do so, as Simpson continually deflected the comedian's remarks by laughing them off.

Sacha Baron Cohen has been taking no prisoners with his Showtime series Who Is America? Posing as Gio Monaldo, a billionaire playboy who hosts a show called The Diamond Life of Gio, Cohen interviews OJ Simpson. Nor did she draw a connection when Monaldo brought up Simpson's appearances in "The Naked Gun" franchise. As far as he knows, he's just murdered someone - and all he can manage to say afterward is, "I've never participated in someone's death".

When the woman left the room, Simpson told Monaldo that she was gorgeous, and Cohen's character agreed, but added "sometimes I want to kill her".

The segment, which aired Sunday night, was filmed in a hotel room with the comedian interviewing the former National Football League star and trying to get him to talk about the brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994, crimes for which Simpson was later charged and then acquitted. "You kill two silly people and suddenly you're O.J. the murderer".

His sensational show "Who is America?" continues to fill us with immeasurable nachas (and anxiety.) He strategically chose notorious figures to target with sly barbs and sharp-edged guile.

"Nicole and Ron are two human beings who were brutally murdered", Nicole Brown's sister Tanya said at the time.

Sarah Palin did not appear in the show, despite getting a credit on it for helping promote it with her complaints about being pranked by Cohen.

"Me and you, we've got something in common", said Cohen dressed in costume.

Unlike some other celebrities and politicians - including Roy Moore, Joe Arpaio, Dick Cheney, and more - Simpson didn't fall for Baron Cohen's tricks. "[We're] both - how you say it - lady killers".

Gio asks to be introduced to Simpson's defense lawyer, Johnnie Cochran (who died in 2005), and Simpson says, "I would have to introduce you in the afterlife".

"Well, first of all, she wasn't my wife", Simpson responded.

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