O.J. Simpson will soon be back on the streets after recently being granted parole.
Simpson pled to the parole board that he’s led a “conflict-free life” – engendering scorn and derision from many people, including Nicole Brown’s sister.
Simpson is a narcissistic liar, and ESPN host Tony Kornheiser said Simpson’s thirst for attention could lead to something unsettling.
Kornheiser suggested people’s thirst for tracking Simpson could vault him to peak celebrity status.
Thursday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Tony Kornheiser reacted to NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson being granted parole after spending nearly nine years in prison for his part in a 2007 armed robbery.
Kornheiser said Simpson, who is eligible to get out of prison October 1, could become the most “consumed” celebrity because a network could offer him a reality show role.
“I can see him being the subject of his own reality show,” Kornheiser stated. “I can see a network going out there and saying, ‘Let’s just follow you around.’ And I can see him, he’s probably, if not addicted to fame, he’s lived in so much fame for so much of his life saying, ‘This is my justification, and I will be on something like this.’ And I see him becoming the most — popular is the wrong word, but the most known…”
Guest co-host Pablo Torre interrupted, “The most consumed.”
“Yes,” Kornheiser agreed.
“We consume him,” Torre added. “We can do nothing else but consume him.”
Kornheiser then said seeing Simpson becoming a spotlight would make him “feel filthy.”
Kornheiser is of course right, and people are already speculating if Simpson will attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony next year:
O.J. Simpson will receive an invite to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in 2018.
When asked by ESPN if Simpson would receive an invite, the Hall of Fame responded, “All Hall of Famers are invited to attend the annual enshrinement.”
The 2018 enshrinement will be the first time “the juice has been loose” and available for the event in nine years. Simpson was arrested in 2008 for armed robbery, and later convicted. Simpson, who won parole last week, will likely walk out of prison in October.
Simpson hasn’t attended an enshrinement ceremony since 1985. Despite Simpson’s highly controversial murder trial in 1994, and most recent 2008 armed robbery conviction, the Hall of Fame has kept Simpson’s bust on-site.
Also, the owner of a Las Vegas brothel already offered Simpson a job:
Dennis Hof, owner of the Bunny Ranch house of prostitution in Carson City, Nevada, went public with an offer of a job that he thinks will satisfy several of O.J.’s parole requirements, gossip site TMZ reported.
But the Ranch owner’s offer didn’t sit well with his other employees.
Some of the prostitutes working at the Bunny Ranch rose up in indignation after hearing about the job offer. At least one has threatened to quit if Simpson comes to the Ranch.
“The last thing we need is another link to the Kardashian clan coming around to ruin our business, and jeopardize our safety,” sex worker Brooklyn Moore told TMZ.
The Ranch employee was referencing a 2015 incident where Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband, was found unconscious in one of Mr. Hof’s Bunny Ranch locations.
O.J. Simpson is a lightning rod for attention, and everyone will be craving it. The world has dramatically changed in the nine years Simpson was incarcerated.
The pervasiveness of social media was nothing like it is today. Fringe opinions get retweeted and normalized every day.
O.J. Simpson starring in a reality show on any number of platforms doesn’t feel like a possibility; it feels like an inevitability.