Michael Moore Dishes on His Bizarre O.J. Simpson Interview on Seth Meyers

Michael Moore is holding onto some pretty juicy stuff—stuff that even Fox News is dying to get its hands on. In 1995, Moore had the opportunity to conduct O.J. Simpson’s first post-murder trial interview, which he discussed on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Monday night in vivid detail.


“Just shortly after he was found not guilty after the trial, I was going to do this pilot,” Moore told Meyers. At the time, Moore had a late-night talk show planned at Fox. “Basically, I got his number and I called him up, and I asked him if he would come on my talk show. ... He said, ‘Yeah I’ll do it.’ So I got the first interview with him after the trial.”

No one believed it was the real O.J. when Moore introduced the infamous football player.

“He comes out, and the audience thought it was an actor. Like we were doing a comedy bit,” Moore said. “He sits down and they realized after [a while that] it’s really him... They start booing. The audience starts booing; a third of the audience literally got up and walked out. I just kept a straight face and said, ‘I don’t know why they’re [booing]; it’s probably me, something I did, so don’t take it personally.’ I talked football with him for four or five minutes.”

"You know how receivers back in your day... you just caught it with your bare hands," Moore told Simpson. "But these days, these guys wear these tight-fitting gloves." Meyers laughed. 

"Oh no," the host exclaimed.

Finally, it was Moore's turn to take the gloves off.

"Did you do it? Did you kill her?” Moore asked Simpson.

The talk went on for nearly an hour, but Fox unfortunately pulled the show. However, the network executives later asked the filmmaker for permission to release the footage as a special. Moore respectfully declined.

"It felt exploitative,” Moore said. “So I put it in the vault… No one has ever seen it.”

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