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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Murders still 'pink elephant in the room' for OJ's kids

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Orla Healy

Published 15/06/2014|02:30

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O. J. Simpson sits in Superior Court in Los Angeles in 1994
O. J. Simpson sits in Superior Court in Los Angeles in 1994

OJ Simpson still has the juice to slay the US TV ratings. An NBC news documentary that aired last week to mark the 20th anniversary of the June 12 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman didn't just beat all the programmes in its time slot, the two-hour Dateline special, The People Versus OJ Simpson, also pulled a bigger audience than the network's recent prized sit-down with Edward Snowden.

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Simpson, however, can't take all the credit for creating the ratings bonanza. Kris Jenner, the mastermind behind the reality phenomenon Keeping Up With the Kardashian's delivered some of the show's most compelling content, describing how, weeks before what would become the crime of the century, Jenner's close friend Nicole "...told me: 'Things are really bad between OJ and I and he's going to kill me and he's going to get away with it. You'll watch and see what happens... She knew exactly what was going to happen to her."

Jenner also forcefully shot down claims by Ron Goldman's father Fred that her ex-husband Robert Kardashian hid evidence that would have led to Simpson's conviction. Admitting she and her attorney ex never saw eye-to-eye on the case against one of his best friends, Kris said she was "absolutely" certain Robert never played outside the law.

"I guarantee you, 100 per cent, that he had this character and integrity and Christian values and believed in the truth," she said about the father of her daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe who died, in 2003, from cancer.

Simpson's children, Justin and Sydney – who were just five and eight at the time of the murders – both declined to participate in any of the media retrospectives.

"They're professional. They've gone to college. They're in relationships. They're happy. They're just like us. Quote unquote," their aunt Tanya Brown said, revealing she has never talked to her niece or nephew about her sister's death or their father's role in it.

"They will always love their dad," Brown said. "It's the pink elephant in the room that I hope never shows up. I don't know how I would address it... I'm sure the right words would come out."

Bill gets casting call for Scandal

SHONDA Rhimes says she is ready to break her fatwa on inviting real life politicians to perform a cameo on her addictive drama Scandal. But only one DC player need apply. "I will say, 'Bill Clinton, if you're out there, we would love to have you ... We would always love to have you," Rhimes said last week at the Women in Film Crystal & Lucy Awards where she paid tribute to Kerry Washington.

Rhimes, who describes her hit show as "a very heightened, very dark view of Washington", is also planning to put her considerable Hollywood clout behind her party of choice. On July 23, she will host Barack Obama at her Los Angeles home to raise money for the Democratic National Convention. Tickets, for a meet-and-greet will start at $1,000 with seats to a more intimate dinner going for an impressive $32,400 a pop.

Hillary comes out fighting fit

HILLARY Clinton, who has yet to identify as a candidate in the 2016 US presidential race, says she isn't rattled by recent attacks from Republican pit bull Karl Rove or cyber snoop Matt Drudge suggesting she is too old and/or too frail to make a run at the White House.

"I am so used to these people. They're like a bunch of gamers," Clinton said in a radio interview last week as part of the promotional blitz to push her manifesto-style memoir Hard Choices.

And she didn't leave it there. Pledging not to be deterred or distracted by the "bloodsport of politics", as she weighs her next step, Mrs Clinton speculated, "...the reason I think people go after me or anyone who speaks up on behalf of progressive values and the kind of country we want to see for all of our people is because they want to deter or defeat.

"And that is not reason enough to step out of the spotlight... If that's the best they have to offer, let them do it."

Rove, who was widely panned for implying a concussion Clinton suffered while Secretary of State might have caused brain damage, has yet to reply.

Mila tells it like it is in baby rant

MILA Kunis has been talking about her pregnancy as she does the rounds to promote her new movie (Third Person).

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, the actress, who is engaged to Ashton Kutcher, called Kimmel out when he declared "My wife and I are pregnant too..."

In a scripted rant, Kunis vented: "Stop saying, 'We're pregnant.' You're not pregnant! Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-sized person out of your lady-****? No. Are you crying alone in your car listening to a stupid Bette Midler song? No. When you wake up and throw up, is it because you're nurturing a human life? No. It's because you had too many shots of tequila. Do you know how many shots of tequila we had? None. Because we can't have shots of tequila. We can't have anything because we've got your little love goblin growing inside of us. All you did was roll over and fall asleep."

Kunis later tagged the gag, which went viral, a public service announcement. She wasn't, she said, completely kidding.

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