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And the O.J. shocks keep coming

Holy moly! HarperCollins parent company News Corporation has pulled the plug on the O.J. Simpson book that was set to launch to universal revulsion next week; a planned interview special on Fox TV (another News Corp. subsidiary) has also been cancelled.

In a brief statement, News Corp. chair Rupert Murdoch said, “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.” The right decision, no doubt, and one that will cost HarperCollins plenty, since warehousefuls of books would have already been printed, and Harper imprint ReganBooks will also presumably still be on the hook for whatever advance it committed to (reportedly as high as $3-million, though that has been disputed, and who knows, there may be some escape clause in the contract).

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Click here for the Associated Press item in the Globe