Watch the real footage from one of the most chilling moments of last night’s “American Crime Story”
Last night, in episode two of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, David Schwimmer read the infamous letter written by Simpson, which, at the time, most of the American public assumed was a suicide letter. Of course, Schwimmer was reenacting the real life reading done by Robert Kardashian.
Yes, that Kardashian.
Showrunner Scott Alexander explained why they felt the need to include the chilling scene in the episode.
“We couldn’t avoid the ridiculous irony that Robert Kardashian’s introduction to the American public was when he read a suicide note on television, which is, really, not the flashiest way to become a celebrity,” Alexander told Time. “They’re so famous now, but we have to make sure to show [the] Kardashian family was not famous, that no one knew who this guy was.”
The note Kardashian read was a lot longer than the one Schwimmer read on the show, but even the version Kardashian read IRL was edited. He chose to skip over the part where Simpson thanked the people close to him — including Kardashian. And by the way, Simpson signed his name with a smiley face.
Basically the show trimmed the note down to just the first few lines and the last few lines, but chose to include one moment that the public never saw IRL — the Kardashian kids. Co-show runner Larry Karaszewski explained why they included the Kardashian kids in the scene.
“We didn’t want to dwell on the Kardashian children, but to leave them out of it, I think, would have been wrong as well,” Karaszewski said. “They were around for this case. To be a young child in the middle of this media circus, of turning on the TV and having your father’s initial appearance to the American public be during the Bronco chase where 90 million people were watching. Seeing the effect that had on their lives and their household, you can’t help but feel that maybe the germ of the Kardashian empire was planted at that moment. That growing up in this circus allowed them to navigate the circus that is currently happening in their TV show now.”
Here’s the real footage of Kardashian reading Simpson’s letter:
And here’s the letter in its entirety:
First, everyone understand. I have nothing to do with Nicole’s murder. I loved her; always have and always will. If we had a problem, it’s because I loved her so much.
Recently, we came to the understanding that for now we were not right for each other, at least for now. Despite our love, we were different and that’s why we mutually agreed to go our separate ways.
It was tough splitting for a second time, but we both knew it was for the best. Inside, I had no doubt that in the future we would be close friends or more. Unlike what has been written in the press, Nicole and I had a great relationship for most of our lives together. Like all long-term relationships, we had a few downs and ups.
I took the heat New Year’s 1989 because that’s what I was supposed to do. I did not plead no contest for any other reason but to protect our privacy and was advised it would end the press hype.
I don’t want to belabor knocking the press, but I can’t believe what is being said. Most of it is totally made up. I know you have a job to do, but as a last wish, please, please, please, leave my children in peace. Their lives will be tough enough.
I want to send my love and thanks to all my friends. I’m sorry I can’t name every one of you, especially A.C. Man, thanks for being in my life. The support and friendship I received from so many: Wayne Hughes, Lewis Marks, Frank Olson, Mark Packer, Bender, Bobby Kardashian. I wish we had spent more time together in recent years. My golfing buddies: Hoss, Alan Austin, Mike, Craig, Bender, Wyler, Sandy, Jay, Donnie, thanks for the fun.
All my teammates over the years: Reggie, you were the soul of my pro career. Ahmad, I never stopped being proud of you. Marcus, you’ve got a great lady in Catherine, don’t mess it up. Bobby Chandler, thanks for always being there. Skip and Kathy, I love you guys. Without you, I never would have made it through this far.
Marguerite, thanks for the early years. We had some fun. Paula, what can I say? You are special. I’m sorry I’m not going to have, we’re not going to have, our chance. God brought you to me, I now see. As I leave, you’ll be in my thoughts.
I think of my life and feel I’ve done most of the right things. So why do I end up like this? I can’t go on. No matter what the outcome, people will look and point. I can’t take that. I can’t subject my children to that. This way, they can move on and go on with their lives.
Please, if I’ve done anything worthwhile in my life, let my kids live in peace from you, the press.
I’ve had a good life. I’m proud of how I lived. My mama taught me to do unto others. I treated people the way I wanted to be treated. I’ve always tried to be up and helpful. So why is this happening?
I’m sorry for the Goldman family. I know how much it hurts.
Nicole and I had a good life together. All this press talk about a rocky relationship was no more that what every long-term relationship experiences. All her friends will confirm that I have been totally loving and understanding of what she’s been going through.
At times, I have felt like a battered husband or boyfriend, but I loved her; make that clear to everyone. And I would take whatever it took to make it work.
Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life, great friends. Please think of the real O.J. and not this lost person.
Thanks for making my life special. I hope I helped yours.
Peace and love, O.J.”