It’s been a long time since O.J. Simpson was originally on trial for murder, but this is one case the world will probably never get sick of hearing about. That’s partly because of all of the media attention focused around it, but mainly because we still feel like we don’t know the whole truth. The case has come up yet again, and this time, there’s even more mystery surrounding it. Fox just aired a special called O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession, reminding viewers about the Simpson interview in which he supposedly confessed to the murder. With this in mind, who is Judith Regan, the woman who interviewed O.J. Simpson?
Regan is an editor, producer, book publisher, and television and radio talk show host who is best known for her 2006 interview with Simpson. During the interview, Simpson “confessed” to the murders he had been acquitted of. The interview and confession were supposed to air on the Fox network, and Regan was supposed to publish Simpson’s written confession in a book called If I Did It.
However, after it happened, Norman Pardo, Simpson’s former manager, told The Huffington Post that Simpson hadn’t been involved in writing the book. Intense criticism resulted in News Corporation deciding to cancel the interview and the book (which was published anyway), and they also ended up firing Regan. Regan then sued News Corp. in a $100 million defamation lawsuit that the company settled, and Regan was later sued by her own lawyers for not paying their legal fees.
The harsh backlash that surrounded the O.J. Simpson interview has followed Regan throughout her career.
In 2005, a New York Times article titled “Judith Regan Is Back. Watch Out,” Regan said, “There was always this feeling I was an outsider. That I wasn’t from that world, because I did that kind of book. Put ‘that’ in quotes. It wasn’t true. I published all kinds of things, including really literary books, but there was a lot of sniping and I was okay with it, because it kept me sharp and it kept me on top of material that could resonate.”
As it turns out, Regan had a pretty solid reason for doing the interview and releasing the If I Did It book in the first place: She has her own abuse story that she has struggled with. In 2006, Regan revealed that she published the book because she was a victim of domestic violence and thought the proceeds would go to Simpson’s children. She released an eight-page statement in which she explained her reasoning behind everything, saying,
Regan stated that she was abused in her 20s by a man “who could charm anyone,” a man she ended up having a child with. She revealed, “And then he knocked me out, with a blow to my head and sent me to the hospital.” Regan says the police did not believe her story in the beginning. She continued, “I made the decision to publish this book, and to sit face to face with the killer, because I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives.”
Since the Simpson interview controversy, Regan has kept busy. She owns Regan Arts and has published books such as Khloé Kardashian’s Strong Looks Better Naked, Ronda Rousey’s My Fight/Your Fight, and ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. We hope Regan has also been able to find peace with her own history.